Transparent Actress Trace Lysette Accuses Jeffrey Tambor of Sexual Advances  

From left: Trace Lysette, Jeffrey Tambor, and Amy
Landecker. Image via Getty.

Actress Trace Lysette has accused Jeffrey Tambor of sexual
harassment, for lack of a better word for what to call a man
rubbing his boner on you.

Lysette is the second woman, after Tambor’s former assistant
Van Barnes, to accuse him of “advances”; one, she said, was
physical. She tweeted on Thursday night that while shooting a
scene in season 2 in which she, Alexandra Billings, and Tambor
were wearing pajamas, Tambor made a sexualizing “over the top
comment.” Then, in between takes, she claimed that he closed
in:

…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 pajamas and I
pushed him off me.

Deadline
has reported
that earlier in the month, Barnes alleged in a
private Facebook post that her unnamed “former boss” “had
repeatedly propositioned her, made lewd comments, groped her
and threatened to sue her if she spoke up.” Amazon
is investigating
those claims.

Like Barnes, Lysette is transgender and implores Amazon not to
cancel the show but rather to “re-center the other trans
characters” so that they can continue to improve trans
visibility. She writes:

Let our brilliant writers continue to craft something that is
entertaining and creates social change the way they know how.
Don’t let the trans community suffer for the actions of one
cis male actor. Transparent has been a guiding light in the
industry, by employing more trans people in Hollywood than
any other production in history, which made it even more
difficult to speak out.

On Friday, Tambor put out
a statement
denying their stories to US Weekly. He
said:

I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with.
I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express
my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a
predator – ever.

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. 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.

Read Lysette’s full statement below:

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