Another woman has come forward to spray lighter fluid on funeral pyre of Jeffrey Tambor’s career with accusations that she too has been the victim of physical and sexual harassment at his hands. As reported in The Hollywood Reporter, trans actress Trace Lysette who plays Shea on Transparent, alleges that Jeffrey used his words, lips and (gulp) in one instance his bare feet to make her feel icky and trapped.
During the setup for a scene where Shea teaches Maura (Jeffrey’s character) how to put the right stank on the phrase “yass queen”, Jeffrey allegedly shouted “my God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually” upon seeing her in her skimpy underwear costume. A second actress who was on set confirms this account. Then Jeffrey allegedly got even creepier.
A few minutes later, while waiting for a camera setup between takes, Lysette was standing in a corner of the soundstage set. That’s when she says Tambor, dressed as Maura, wearing a green satin kimono and gray wig, approached her.
“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 thrust back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas,” Lysette says.
Oh, Jeffrey, Jeffrey, Jeffrey. Your nasty little hooves are the second grossest body part you can lay on a lady without asking. Lysette also alleges that when she’d run into Jeffrey at red carpet events, he’d pull the old switcheroo when she’d go in for a friendly peck on the cheek by making sure his mouth ended up in the splash zone.
Shea says she hopes the show’s producers consider moving forward with the show even if Maura has to take an off-camera tumble off a cliff. Jeffrey has issued a statement denying any sexual harassment or aggression but does admit he can sometimes be a dick to work with.
“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. 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 to be clear, he’s very “distressed” that anyone could have misinterpreted his actions. When asked about Jeffrey’s statement, Amazon opened a large shady parasol and said “this information will be added to our ongoing conversation“.