Actress Trace Lysette has accused her “Transparent” co-star Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a male transitioning to female on the critically-acclaimed Amazon Original, of sexually harassing her on the set of the show.
“One day on set during Season 2, Jeffrey, Alexandra Billings and I were all outfitted in pajamas,” Lysette wrote on Twitter. “I was in a flimsy top and matching short shorts. Upon seeing my in my costume, Jeffrey sexualized me with an over the top comment. Alexandra and I laughed it off because it was so absurd and we thought surely it had to be a bad joke.”
“I shook it off. Then later, in between takes, I stood in a corner on the set as the crew reset for a wide shot. My back was against the wall in a corner as Jeffrey approached me. 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.”
“I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas and I pushed him off me. Again, I laughed it off and rolled my eyes. I had a job to do and I had to do it with Jeffrey, the lead of our show. When they called action, I put that moment in the corner into its own corner of my mind.”
Tambor, whose character navigates the transition from “Morton” to “Maura” and relies on Lysette’s character for support, issued a pseudo-apology that shot down the allegations, claiming that he hasn’t “always been the easiest person to work with” but has “never been a predator.”
“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,” Tambor said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. “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.”