Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Maura on your favourite TV show Transparent, has been accused of sexual harassment by costar Trace Lysette. This follows news that one of Jeffrey’s former assistants also accused him of harassment.
Trace Lysette said in a statement that Jeffrey pressed his body on hers and made inappropriate sexual remarks on the set of the show.
In the statement, Trace details a time when she’d left wardrobe in lingerie and shorts for a scene when Jeffrey said “My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually.” She says another actress laughed about it, but he approached her again between scenes.
“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 thrust back and forth against my body,” Trace said. “I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pyjamas.”
Jeffrey has denied the allegations, saying that he has “never been a predator — ever.” But Trace has asked Amazon to “remove the problem and let the show go on.”
Amazon has said that this account will be added to the info they’ve got in an ongoing investigation into Jeffrey, opened after his former assistant made allegations that she’d been groped by him and threatened legally if she spoke out.
In a new statement, Jeffrey has said: “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,” he said. “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.”