Jeffrey Tambor hits back at sexual harassment claims after being fired

Jeffrey Tambor hits back at sexual harassment claims after being fired
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Jeffrey Tambor has hit back with a scathing message for Amazon's Transparent executives, who fired the actor from the series in light of sexual harassment allegations.

"I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon's handling of these false accusations against me," Tambor, who played transgender parent Maura, told Deadline.

"I am even more disappointed in [Transparent director and producer] Jill Soloway's unfair characterisation of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates."

It follows claims from fellow actress Trace Lysette that Tambor pressed his penis up against her and whispered, "my God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually".

His former assistant, Van Barnes, also made claims against him - alleging he made inappropriate comments to her.

Tambor adamantly denied the allegations when they were published by Deadline in November 2017.

"I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive," he said.

"But the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.

"Given the politicised atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent."

But he didn't have that choice - with the company firing him following an investigation.

The fate of the series, of which Tambor is a main character, is unclear. There's also no word on Netflix show Arrested Development, in which the actor also stars.


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