ACCLAIMED TV series Transparent has lost its star, with lead actor Jeffrey Tambor dramatically quitting the show in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him.
Tambor, 73, played transgender woman Maura Pfefferman in the award-winning Amazon series, which is available on Stan in Australia. The show's fourth season recently finished airing.
"Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life," Tambor said in a statement to Deadline announcing his decision. "What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago," he continued.
"I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicised atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent," he said.
As previously reported, Tambor's former assistant, a transgender woman named Van Barnes, made allegations about inappropriate behaviour that Tambor allegedly engaged in while she worked with him.
A second woman, Tambor's transgender co-star Trace Lysette, then came forward to accuse the actor of sexual assault.
Lysette, who plays yoga instructor Shea in the show, claims Tambor pressed up against her in a sexual way during filming and repeatedly made lewd sexually suggestive remarks.
She said she felt his penis against her as he made "quick, discreet thrusts" at her body after standing on her feet.
Amazon has launched an internal investigation into both allegations, and the writers on Transparent were already reported to be preparing for a fifth season without Tambor before he made the announcement today.
In a statement making her allegations against Tambor, Lysette called on Amazon "to make another bold affirmative move to our communities, remove the problem and let the show go on."
"It's vital that the show's creator, show runner and its studio re-enter the narrative of Transparent on the experiences of the other trans characters and the family members audiences have grown to love on the series," she wrote.
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