Published Nov 23, 2017Jeffrey Tambor recently confirmed that he would be exiting Transparent, following allegations of sexual misconduct from his former assistant Van Barnes and co-star Trace Lysette, and now a third woman has come forth with accusations against Tambor.
Make-up artist Tamara Delbridge told Refinery29 that Tambor forcibly kissed her in 2001, while both were working on the set of the film Never Again. She said that on the final day of the shoot, she told Tambor "It was very nice to work with you" and claims that he then grabbed her and kissed her on the lips.
"I didn't even know how to react, because how do you react when you're not expecting anything like that?" she said. "So I didn't know if I was embarrassed or shocked or mortified or stunned. It was a whole bunch of emotions."
She continued, "It wasn't like he and I had bantered back and forth or flirted. I'm very professional on set and [Never Again] was a really big deal for me. It was the first time that I'd worked with actors at that level."
Delbridge also said that Tambor's co-star Bill Duke witnessed the incident and spoke to her afterwards, acknowledging: "That was inappropriate."
"An older, prominent actor violated me and then another older, prominent actor let me know that it was inappropriate," she continued, emphasizing her appreciation for Duke's immediate reassurance that she had done nothing wrong.
Delbridge said she's unsure of whether Duke ever confronted Tambor about his behaviour.
She also said that she was inspired to speak out about her own experience with Tambor after the actor dismissed Barnes' earlier allegations as "baseless."
In response Delbridge's allegations, Tambor told Refinery29: "I have absolutely no recollection of anything like this incident ever happening. If it did, it wasn't meant as anything more than an enthusiastic farewell and gratitude for a job well done at the end of a shoot. However, I am deeply sorry for any discomfort or offence I may have inadvertently caused her."