'Transparent' actress accuses Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment

ANI | Updated: Nov 17, 2017 11:50 IST

Los Angeles [U.S.A], November 17 (ANI): Emmy-award artist Jeffrey Tambor is facing another accusation of sexual harassment, this time from his co-star Trace Lysette.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actress claimed that the actor became inappropriately physical and made sexual comments while they worked together on the Amazon show.

According to Lysette, when she emerged from wardrobe in her costume, Tambor said, "My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually."

She also confirmed that the third actor in the scene, Alexandra Billings, was present to hear the remark. But at that time they both laughed it off, because it "really absurd".

A few minutes later, while waiting for a camera setup between takes, Lysette shared that Tambor approached her.

She said, "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. I felt his p***s on my hip through his thin pajamas."

The actress pushed him away and rolled her eyes. She added, "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."

Lysette ended her statement by calling on Amazon to use the alleged incident as a "teachable moment" and "re-center the other trans characters in this show with the family members."

The actress, who is transgender, is the second on the Transparent payroll to come forward with allegations that Tambor, has been sexually harassing them on the set of the critically acclaimed series.

Van Barnes, the first accuser, is a trans woman who worked as Tambor's personal assistant, and whose allegations have led to an internal investigation by Amazon Studios.

Tambor has denied the allegations writing that he has "never been a predator ever."

The issue of sexual harassment is particularly sensitive at Amazon given the fact that Amazon Studios president Roy Price was ousted last month following allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from multiple women. (ANI)