Makeup Artist Accuses Jeffrey Tambor of Misconduct on Set of 2001's 'Never Again'
The actor announced Sunday that he will be leaving his role on Amazon's 'Transparent' following sexual harassment allegations.
Jeffrey Tambor is being accused of engaging in sexual misconduct on the set of 2001's Never Again by a makeup artist, who came forward with her story to Refinery29.
Tamara Delbridge, who at the time was serving as a makeup assistant, said she "did not interact with him at all" on set prior to the alleged incident. "It wasn't like he and I had bantered back and forth or flirted. I'm very professional on set and [Never Again] was a really big deal for me," she told the outlet.
Delbridge claims Tambor made an unwanted advance on the last day of shooting, when she spoke with him briefly and exchanged greetings.
"I said [to Tambor], 'It was very nice to work with you' and he grabbed me out of nowhere and kissed me on the lips. And I was just shocked. I didn’t even know how to react, because how do you react when you’re not expecting anything like that?" she said. "So I didn’t know if I was embarrassed or shocked or mortified or stunned."
Delbridge noted that Tambor's co-star Bill Duke witnessed the kiss and called the actor's actions "inappropriate."
"In my mind he just confirmed that I didn't do anything to provoke it," she added. "I don't know why [Tambor] did that to me. But an older, prominent actor violated me and then another older, prominent actor let me know that it was inappropriate."
In a statement to Refinery29, Tambor said he had "no recollection" of the incident.
"I have absolutely no recollection of anything like this incident ever happening. If it did, it wasn’t meant as anything more than an enthusiastic farewell and gratitude for a job well done at the end of a shoot. However, I am deeply sorry for any discomfort or offense I may have inadvertently caused her," the actor said.
Tambor announced Sunday that he will be leaving the Amazon series after facing allegations of sexual misconduct from co-star Trace Lysette and former personal assistant Van Barnes. Lysette claimed the actor made numerous sexual advances at her and "got physical" on the set of the show.
"Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life. What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago," Tambor said in an earlier statement announcing his leave. "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 politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent."