Jeffrey Tambor has been officially dropped from Amazon’s Transparent after he was accused of on-set sexual harassment by a slew of women.
Last year, Arrested Development actor Tambor – who portrays transgender parent Maura in Transparent – has been accused of “implied inappropriate behaviour” by former assistant Van Barnes.
Her accusations were followed those of actress Trace Lysett, who accused Tambor of repeatedly offering sexual propositions on the set of the Amazon drama.
Tambor has repeatedly denied all wrongdoing.
Now, showrunner Jill Soloway has officially confirmed that he won’t be returning for the fifth season of the Emmy award winning drama.
“I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” Soloway said in a statement.
“We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”
Tambor has also responded, and claimed that he was “profoundly disappointed” with the way in which “false accusations” were addressed.
“I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” said Tambor.
“I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates”
He added: “In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.
“As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”
It is yet to be revealed how the show will continue without Tambor, although it has been noted that a fifth season was in production when the allegations first surfaced.