‘Transparent’ star alleges Tambor touched her inappropriately
Los Angeles, Nov 17 (IANS) “Transparent” actress Trace Lysette has accused star Jeffrey Tambor of sexually harassing her.
Lysette, who plays yoga instructor Shea in “Transparent”, is the second woman who worked on the series to allege misconduct by the show’s actor.
She claimed that Tambor became inappropriately physical and made sexual comments while they worked together on the Amazon show, which traces a father’s journey to womanhood, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
According to Lysette, when she emerged from the wardrobe for a shoot in her costume — a salmon-coloured lingerie top and matching shorts, Tambor remarked: “My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually.”
Actress Alexandra Billings heard the remark. Both “laughed it off because it was so absurd”, said Lysette.
Lysette also said Tambor acted inappropriately.
“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 p**** on my hip through his thin pyjamas,” Lysette said.
Billings was not present during this alleged incident but several crew members were nearby.
“But they were focused on their jobs. It was discreet. If you were behind Jeffrey, you might have thought he was giving me a hug,” added Lysette.
The first woman to speak against Tambor, Van Barnes, is a trans-woman who worked as the actor’s personal assistant and whose allegations have led to an internal investigation by Amazon Studios.
An Amazon spokesperson said: “This information (what Lysette said) will be added to our ongoing conversation.”