Jeffrey Tambor is facing another sexual misconduct allegation.
In a lengthy Twitter post Trace Lysette, a transgender actress who plays yoga instructor Shea on “Transparent,” detailed “many sexual advances and comments” she alleges happened with Tambor.
Lysette claims that after getting outfitted into pajamas for a scene, Tambor “sexualized me with an over the top comment.” She says she and fellow co-star Alexandra Billings, who was also present for the scene, laughed it off as “a bad joke.”
Later Lysette recounts she was standing with her back against a wall waiting for the crew to reset the scene. She alleges that Tambor cornered her at the wall and made an inappropriate advance.
“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 of me,” Lysette writes.
Tambor has issued a statement apologizing for his behavior being misinterpreted as “sexually aggressive” and says he is not a “predator.”
“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,” Tambor says. “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.”
This is the second sexual misconduct allegation against Tambor. Van Barnes, a transgender actress and his former assistant, has also claimed Tambor was inappropriate with her but details on the incident have not been released. Amazon is currently investigating both situations.
“Transparent” writers are also considering writing Tambor out of season five and changing the series’ name.