Amazon, the company behind the Jeffrey-Tambor starring Transparent, is investigating a sexual harassment allegation made against the actor, an Amazon spokesperson told Variety.
Tambor is an Emmy winner for playing Maura Pfefferman on its hit series. Deadline reported that the allegations against Tambor come from the actor’s former assistant, a transgender woman named Van Barnes. Barnes made the allegations in a private Facebook post. In a statement to Variety, Tambor called the allegations “baseless.”
“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.”
Transparent’s creator Jill Soloway issued a statement saying the show is “cooperating with the investigation into the matter. Anything that would diminish the level of respect, safety and inclusion so fundamental to our workplace is completely antithetical to our principles.”
According to Variety, Amazon is currently speaking to members of the Transparent cast and crew as part of the studio’s investigation.
The allegations against Tambor come only a few weeks after Amazon Studios’ honcho Roy Price resigned over claims of sexual harassment. He resigned after the company suspending him following allegations that he had propositioned an executive producer on the series, The Man in the High Castle.