Amazon has launched an investigation into Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, after a former assistant to the actor named Van Barnes, a transgender woman, made allegations of inappropriate behavior. Van Barnes made these allegations in a private Facebook post, which prompted the investigation that began earlier this week. Jeffrey Tambor released a statement today, vehemently denying any allegations of wrongdoing. Here's what he had to say below.
"I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her. I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation."
This comes just three weeks after Amazon Studios' head Roy Price resigned amid sexual harassment claims, after details came forward about an incident with The Man in the High Castle executive producer Isa Dick Hackett during Comic-Con in 2015. The producer told Amazon executives that Roy Price had made a lewd sexual proposition towards her, shortly after the incident took place, but he remained in his job for two more years, until this story came to light in the aftermath of the widespread sexual harassment and assault claims against Harvey Weinstein. Here's what Transparent creator Jill Solloway had to say in her statement about the investigation.
"Anything that would diminish the level of respect, safety and inclusion so fundamental to our workplace is completely antithetical to our principles. We are cooperating with the investigation into this matter."
Amazon's stance on allegations of this nature is to launch an investigation immediately, which is currently ongoing. The investigators are currently in the process of speaking with Transparent cast and crew members, along with Jeffrey Tambor himself. The hit series isn't currently in production at this time, and it remains to be seen what will come of this investigation, and how it will impact the show. This comes just days after Netflix fired Kevin Spacey after actor Anthony Rapp came forward and revealed Kevin Spacey sexually assaulted him when he was just a teenager, and after several House of Cards cast and crew members also came forward with their tales of sexual abuse from the star. Deadline broke the news earlier today, and we'll have to wait and see what happens with Amazon's investigation into Jeffrey Tambor. The actor has won two Emmy's for playing transgendered Maura Pfefferman on Amazon's hit series Transparent.