Actor Jeffrey Tambor says that he will not return to his role on Amazon’s Transparent after two of the web series’ staff members accused him of sexual harassment.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” he told Deadline Sunday.
“What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” Tambor added of his role as the program’s lead character.
“Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
Tambor additionally denied that he had ever intentionally sexually harassed any of the staff working on Transparent.
“I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue,” he said.
Transgender actress Trace Lysette said last week that Tambor had made lewd, sexually suggestive and unwanted remarks to her on several different occasions.
Lysette also alleged in a statement to Deadline that Tambor physically pressed up against her in a sexually aggressive manner during a break in filming.
The actress also urged Amazon and Jill Soloway, the creator of Transparent, to “remove the problem and let the show go on” in an apparent reference to Tambor.
Actress Van Barnes, who is also transgender, earlier this month also accused Tambor of behaving inappropriately during her tenure as his assistant.
Barnes claimed that her former boss – whom she did not name – repeatedly propositioned her, made lewd remarks, groped her and threatened her if she spoke up.
Tambor has strongly denied both sets of allegations, but Amazon has since launched an investigation into all of the accusations.
The actor’s role as Pfefferman has earned him rave reviews, including his first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 2015.