Another Hollywood Star is now facing serious allegations of sexual assault, as we continue to witness the meltdown of the culturally enriched film industry.
Jeffrey Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian widely known for his roles as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show (1992-1998), George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on Arrested Development (2003-), Maura Pfefferman on Transparent (2015-), Tom Manning in the Hellboy series (2004-2008) and the Mayor of Whoville in the live-action adaption of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000).
Tambor was born in San Francisco, California, the son of Eileen (née Salzberg), a homemaker, and Bernard Tambor, a flooring contractor. He grew up in a Conservative Jewish family with roots in Hungary and Ukraine.
Tambor is a graduate of Abraham Lincoln High School and San Francisco State University, where he studied Acting and then went on to receive a master's degree from Wayne State University.
Tambor is often remembered as Hank Kingsley, the narcissistic sidekick of fictional talk show host Larry Sanders on The Larry Sanders Show, and also well-known for his role in Arrested Development on Netflix.
Now Tambor is being accused by a transgender co-star from the Amazon Series “Transparent”, Trace Lysette, of rubbing his body against hers in a “sexually aggressive manner” during the filming, and she said that he made multiple inappropriate and unwanted sexual statements.
The tranny star said in a statement to<a href="http://deadline.com/2017/11/jeffrey-tambor-sexual-harassment-claims-trace-lysette-transparent-actress-amazon-1202210145/"> Deadline </a>Thursday that Tambor trapped her and pressed his body against hers in a sexual way on the set of the Amazon show. Lysette urged Amazon in her statement to "remove the problem and let the show go on."
Tambor, who says he can at times be “volatile and ill-tempered,” but he denies the claims that he sexually assaulted the tranny despite its desire to drop the matter entirely in order to continue the series.
This is one of those “just wow” moments, when you have a man who's been in film for decades, now being accused of improperly sexually harassing a tranny.
I'm not sure what to make of this, other than to say Lysette seems intent that the claims are legitimate.
“For the past four years, I’ve had the huge privilege and huge responsibility of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood,” Tambor said Thursday. “Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly.”
Tambor went on, “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.”
Lysette was a tranny for some time, who in her late teens Lysette was a track athlete and performed drag in bars around her native Dayton and Columbus, Ohio. She worked as a hairstylist and makeup artist before beginning her acting career with a guest role in an episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
Apparently, if these claims are true then Tambor is into shemales?
Whatever. At this point, Hollyweird just keeps getting weirder.
This is the second allegation against Tambor, with a former assistant to him also making allegations which he denied as well.
In that case, his former Assistant, Van Barnes, was also transgender. Oddly enough.
“I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her,” Tambor told<a href="http://deadline.com/2017/11/jeffrey-tambor-sexual-harassment-claims-amazon-1202204220/"> Deadline</a>. “I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”
Jill Soloway, who is the creator of the series, which is Amazon’s flagship comedy, said the following after the first allegations.
“Anything that would diminish the level of respect, safety, and inclusion so fundamental to our workplace is completely antithetical to our principles,” Soloway said. “We are cooperating with the investigation into this matter.”
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