(LOS ANGELES) — Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor is being accused by a second person of sexual harassment on the set of the award-winning Amazon show.
Trace Lysette, the transgender actress who plays yoga instructor Shea on the show, in a statement on Twitter, accuses Tambor of making “many sexual advances and comments” towards her and “one time it got physical.”
Lysette says that while filming a scene with Tambor, he first seemingly joked, “My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually.” But later, Lysette writes in the statement, “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.”
Tambor responded in a statement of his own to ABC News, writing, in part, “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.”
Amazon already is investigating a claim of sexual harassment against Tambour made by his former personal assistant, Van Barnes.
A rep for Amazon told The Hollywood Reporter of Lysette’s claims, “This information will be added to our ongoing conversation.”
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