After being hit with #MeToo allegations of sexual harassment, actor Jeffrey Tambor has been officially jettisoned from the award-winning Amazon series "Transparent."
As the #MeToo movement ravaged its way through Tinseltown last year, the actor, who portrays an openly transgender man on the hit show, fell from grace when two transgenders accused him of sexual misconduct.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, actor Trace Lysette, a man presenting himself as a woman, alleged that Tambor made a wildly inappropriate comment toward him in the presence of another and pressed his erect penis up against him in private.
Lysette claims that once he exited wardrobe in a revealing costume, Tambor remarked, "My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually." According to Lysette, actress Alexandra Billings also heard the remark, but they both just "laughed it off because it was so absurd."
Later on, Lysette claims that as he was standing in a corner on the soundstage, Tambor came up behind him and performed a creepy action. "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 thrusts back and forth against my body. I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas," Lysette alleged.
The first accusation against Tambor, 73, came from his former assistant Van Barnes, also a transgender man presenting himself as a woman, who claimed that Tambor routinely subjected him to sexual harassment. Lysette, who shared a house with Barnes, corroborated the accusations leveled against Tambor.
"She would pick him up in the morning and bring him home at night and everything in between," Lysette recalled. "She would come home wrecked and stressed. I saw him break her down. She for the most part kept it to herself. She was just like, 'Girl, he is a piece of work. If you only knew what I’m going through.' But I knew."
Though Tambor denied the allegations against him, he admitted that his return to "Transparent" seemed unlikely, saying it would be impossible due to the "politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set."
According to Deadline, Amazon has now officially confirmed that Tambor will not be coming back for the next season, which will apparently continue even though his character is the central focus. His departure makes it the second popular streaming series to lose its main character, following Kevin Spacey's ouster from "House of Cards" over sexual abuse allegations.