Published Nov 17, 2017Another one of Jeffrey Tambor's Transparent colleagues has come forth with accusations of sexual misconduct against the veteran actor. Trace Lysette shared a statement on social media last night (November 16), detailing a series of uncomfortable encounters with Tambor.
She alleged that in addition to "many sexual advances and comments at me," there was also one physical incident. She claimed that after she laughed off an "over the top comment" from Tambor, the actor approached her between takes and cornered her against a wall.
"He came in close, put his bare feet on top of mine so I could not move, leaned his body against me, and began quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body," Lysette wrote. "I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas and I pushed him off of me."
She said she laughed it off because "I had a job to do and had to do it with Jeffrey, the lead of our show."
Tambor has won multiple Emmys and a Golden Globe for his portrayal of transgender matriarch Maura Pfefferman on Transparent, but Lysette (a transgender woman herself) remains hopeful that the show can continue on — without Tambor.
After detailing the positive opportunities the show has created for trans people, she wrote: "I call on Amazon to make another bold affirmative move to our communities, remove the problem and let the show go on."
Read Lysette's full statement below.
Last week, Tambor was accused of sexual harassment by his former assistant Van Barnes, launching Amazon's initial investigation into the actor's on-set behaviour.
In a statement responding to Barnes' claims, Tambor said: "I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behaviour toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with."