Just hours after Amazon confirmed his ouster from the hit show "Transparent" over accusations of sexual harassment, actor Jeffrey Tambor seems to have been erased from the promotional movie posters for the upcoming comedy "The Death of Stalin."
According to The Wrap, a new promotional image for the "AIFC Films release made the rounds on Thursday, replacing the Emmy winner with his costar Andrea Riseborough. The one-sheet is almost identical to a version used since the film’s premiere last September."
Tambor's disappearance came shortly after his removal from "Transparent" was made official. Amazon Studios confirmed his ouster following a long investigation into claims of his alleged sexual misconduct against two transgender male staffers.
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.
Tambor's former assistant Van Barnes, also a male presenting himself as a woman, claimed the actor routinely subjected him to sexual harassment. Lysette, who shared a house with Barnes, corroborated the accusations leveled against Tambor.
Strangely, the new poster for the "Death of Stalin" also removed actor Michael Palin ("Monty Python"), replacing him with costar Simon Beale. No explanation as to why. More from The Wrap:
Both versions of the poster were approved by the filmmakers, with the Tambor version made specifically for the United Kingdom, an individual familiar with the marketing plan said — though its worth noting that only that Tambor version has been used in North America before Thursday.
An IFC Films spokesperson did not immediately comment on the new poster. A rep for Tambor did not respond immediately to TheWrap’s request for comment on his omission.
Tambor denies accusations that he is a predator, only that his behavior has been "misinterpreted" by some. He issued this statement to THR:
For the past four years, I’ve had the huge privilege — and huge responsibility — of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood. Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly. 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.