'Not A Predator:' Jeffrey Tambor Defends Sexual Misconduct Accusation From Trace Lysette


I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone.

In a 2015 interview with GLAAD, Lysette said at first she tried to keep her trans identity a secret in the acting world, but chose to come out after landing her Transparent role, thanks to support from her "on set trans family".

Jeffrey Tambor, 73, stars as the show's transgender lead character, Maura Pfeffermen, and stands as the accused. She describes herself as a "low-income" in her statement, and once spoke to A.V. Club about her past experience with sex work and exotic dancing to help pay for acting classes while she was auditioning in New York City.

Tambor, the star of Amazon's show about a father making the transition to womanhood, was previously accused of inappropriate conduct by Van Barnes, his former assistant. Lysette says he pushed Tambor off of him and "rolled my eyes". His scene with Tambor was considered iconic in the series, but now Lysette claims Tambor behaved inappropriately during the filming. "My back was against the wall in a corner as Jeffrey approached me", Lysette tweeted. "But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express".

As Deadline reported earlier this week, since the first accusations broke, there have been early discussions on the now not in production Transparent about writing Tambor's award winning Maura character out of the show for the upcoming Season 5.

Now, as the investigation continues, Lysette, who plays transgender yoga instructor Shea on the show, has come out with allegations that Tambor made "lewd, sexually suggestive and unwelcomed remarks to her", according to a statement to Deadline.

Tambor has been accused of “inappropriate behavior” by former assistant Van Barnes
Tambor has been accused of “inappropriate behavior” by former assistant Van Barnes

In response to Lysette's claim, Tambor admitted that he can be "volatile and ill-tempered" to work with, but denied being a "predator".

"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".

An Amazon spokesman told THR that the "information will be added to our ongoing investigation". Tambor allegedly responded, "Well, yeah Trace". Our Lady J is also proclaiming that she believes the actor should exit the Amazon show, as seeming does GLAAD.

Another running theme to note with these recent Hollywood allegations is that almost all of the accused have had previous reputations in Hollywood as either hard to work with or as outright bullies. Kevin Spacey has been accused by costars as being hard to work with and as not treating others well.

Brett Ratner and James Toback had similar reputations. She encouraged creator Jill Soloway to shift the focus to other trans characters, citing her admiration for what the show has done for trans actors as a reason she hesitated to speak out. Perhaps they are so hard to work with because they feel they can get away with anything.

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