Jeffrey Tambor Leaves ‘Transparent’ After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Soon after, the actress Trace Lysette came forward publicly, saying that Mr. Tambor had “made many sexual advances and comments” and, on one occasion, physically assaulted her between takes for a scene in which both actors were wearing pajamas.

“My back was against the wall in a corner as Jeffrey approached me,” Ms. Lysette said in her statement on Thursday. “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.”

At the time, Ms. Lysette said, she laughed and brushed off the episode — because Mr. Tambor was the star of the show and she had to work with him, and because she was accustomed to such mistreatment. “Given the journey and circumstances of my life, I was used to being treated as a sexual object by men,” wrote Ms. Lysette, who is a transgender woman. “This one just happened to be famous.”

Mr. Tambor, whose representatives did not immediately respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment on Sunday, has denied both women’s allegations. He initially referred to Ms. Barnes as “a former disgruntled assistant of mine” and told Deadline that he was “appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.” And after Ms. Lysette’s statement, he told The Hollywood Reporter that he was upset to “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,” he said. “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.”

In response to the flood of sexual harassment and assault allegations against prominent men in the past few weeks — from Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. to the Senate candidate Roy S. Moore and Senator Al Franken — the executives behind many projects have been forced to decide what to do when a star becomes toxic.

In some cases, these projects have been canceled. Netflix, for example, suspended production on “House of Cards” after its star, Mr. Spacey, was accused of making a sexual advance on the actor Anthony Rapp when Mr. Rapp was 14. (Allegations by many other men have been reported since.) And when a New York Times investigation revealed multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by the comedian Louis C.K., a distributor canceled the premiere of his movie “I Love You, Daddy,” and FX and other networks broke ties with him.

But in her statement, Ms. Lysette urged Amazon not to cancel “Transparent,” but instead to “remove the problem and let the show go on.” The series has been a leader in affirming and employing transgender people — both she and Ms. Barnes are transgender women — and they should not be punished for Mr. Tambor’s actions, she said.

Mr. Tambor, 73, is also known for his role in the TV series “Arrested Development,” which originally ran from 2003 to 2006 but has been revived twice since. Netflix recently finished shooting the fifth season, and it was unclear on Sunday how it would respond.

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