Trace Lysette Makes Sexual Harrassment Allegations Against ‘Transparent’ Costar Jeffrey Tambor
Actress Trace Lysette released a statement Thursday detailing an incident where her costar, Jeffrey Tambor, alleged to have “acted inappropriately” with her. Tambor has responded to allegations by acknowledging that he has “flaws,” but the actor said he is not a “predator.”
Lysette alleged that in addition to making “sexual advances and comments” towards her, Tambor also got physical on one occasion. Lysette’s statement followed a former assistant of Tambor’s who also made sexual harassment allegations against him. Lysette said, “Sadly, I must add my voice to the chorus.” Tambor responded by apologizing if any of his actions were ever “misinterpreted” as “sexually aggressive.”
“Jeffrey has made many sexual advances and comments at me, but one time it got physical. In between takes, I stood in a corner on the set as the crew reset for a wide shot. My back was against the wall as Jeffrey approaches 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 thin pajamas and I pushed him off of me,” Lysette stated.
In a statement sent to ET on Thursday, Tambor said, “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.” He added, “Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly. 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.”
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