Although he vehemently denied acting inappropriately toward a former assistant of his on Transparent, the show's star Jeffrey Tambor has officially been dropped from the series, according to several reports.
Last November, it was reported that Tambor was being investigated for sexual harassment after assistant Van Barnes made the allegations in a Facebook post. Cast member Trace Lysett also came forward with her own allegation. Both women are transgender, as are many of the cast and crew on the Amazon-made show.
Although he effectively quit the show last November, Amazon have confirmed that he is no longer a member of the cast of the award-winning show on which he himself played a transgender woman.
Transparent creator Jill Soloway issued the below statement following the decision:
"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. 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."
Meanwhile, Tambor has issued a response denouncing both Amazon and Soloway:
"I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me. 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. 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.'