Jeffrey Tambor has addressed the sexual harassment allegations against him for the first time since his firing from Amazon’s “Transparent.”
Van Barnes, a transgender actress and Tambor’s former assistant, accused Tambor of sexual misconduct in November. Transgender actress Trace Lysette, who appeared on “Transparent,” also accused Tambor of making “many sexual advances and comments” on set.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tambor admitted to having anger issues but continued to deny Barnes’ sexual harassment allegation that he watched her sleep naked.
As for Barnes’ other allegations, which included propositioning and physical touching, the story notes that Tambor grew “reticent.”
“I don’t want to characterize them,” Tambor says. “What I said was that she was a disgruntled assistant. I think that was generous of me. I dispute her account. I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless. But as for the other stuff, absolutely not.”
He does admit to yelling at staff on set including showrunner Jill Soloway and executive producer Bridget Bedard. Tambor says his fear of portraying the transgender character of Maura Pfefferman correctly was the root of his anger.
“I was scared because I was a cisgender male playing Maura Pfefferman,” he continued. “And my whole thing was, ‘Am I doing it right? Am I doing it right? Am I doing it right?’ To the point that I worried myself to death.”
Tambor will return as George Bluth Sr. on the fifth season of Arrested Development which streams on Netflix on May 29.