SACKED Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor has broken his silence over sexual harassment claims which led to his firing from the hit TV show, Transparent.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Tambor strongly denied accusations of inappropriate touching and sexual propositions towards his former assistant Van Barnes and Transparent actress Trace Lysette. Both women identify as transgender.

Tambor admitted to the Hollywood Reporter that he had an "explosive temper" and would sometimes act in a belligerent and tactless manner towards the cast and crew, including show creator Jill Soloway, who he says was scared of him.

effrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent. Picture: Supplied
effrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman on Transparent. Picture: Supplied

"Lines got blurred," Tambor told the publication. "I was difficult, I was mean ... I was rude to my assistant. I was moody. Sometimes I didn't talk at all."

Tambor says his behaviour stemmed from worry that he would fall short in his portrayal of a transgender woman the show. But he denies the sexual misconduct claims that led to his firing.

Tambor revealed that on one occasion, he yelled at Transparent executive producer Bridget Bedard on set and made her cry, for which he later apologised.

Transparent actress Trace Lysette accused Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment. Picture: JC Olivera/Getty Images
Transparent actress Trace Lysette accused Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment. Picture: JC Olivera/Getty Images

 

Van Barnes called the actor “creepy”. Picture: NBC
Van Barnes called the actor “creepy”. Picture: NBC

Barnes recalled recently on US TV that Tambor had told her he had watched her sleep naked.

"That's so violating, it's so creepy," Barnes told said in an interview on Megyn Kelly Today.

Actress Trace Lysette claimed that Tambor got "physical" with her on set and at red carpet events, including kissing her on the lips, and one time pushed his penis against her.

Lysette, who played Shea on the show, recalled a time during shooting when Tambor looked at her dressed in short pajama bottoms and told her, "My God, Trace, I want to attack you sexually."

Members of the Transparent cat, including Trace Lysette and Jeffrey Tambor. Picture: Larry French/Getty Images for Amazon
Members of the Transparent cat, including Trace Lysette and Jeffrey Tambor. Picture: Larry French/Getty Images for Amazon

She also recalled the actor pushing himself against her. "I felt his genitals on me," Lysette told The Hollywood Reporter, "and I pushed him off."

Regarding Barnes' accusations, Tambor said: "I dispute her account," he said. "I did raise my voice at times, I was moody at times, there were times when I was tactless. But as for the other stuff, absolutely not."

Barnes later quit her job.

Transparent creator Jill Soloway reportedly fired Jeffrey Tambor via text. Picture: Instagram
Transparent creator Jill Soloway reportedly fired Jeffrey Tambor via text. Picture: Instagram

Amazon, who produced the show, launched an investigation into the actor's conduct late last year, which culminated in his sacking from the show in February. Tambor said he found out about his firing when creator Jill Soloway texted him.

Tambor said he was "profoundly disappointed" in the "deeply flawed and biased" investigation.

Trace Lysette and Van Barnes have both accused Jeffrey Tambor of inappropriate behaviour. Picture: Instagram
Trace Lysette and Van Barnes have both accused Jeffrey Tambor of inappropriate behaviour. Picture: Instagram

Tambor played transgender woman Maura Pfefferman to widespread acclaim on the show, which also stars Judith Light and Gaby Hoffman.

Transparent is expected to return for its fifth and final season, without Tambor.

Meanwhile, Netflix announced the actor will appear in the next season of Arrested Development.

Despite his issues, Jeffrey Tambor, with Tony Hale and Jason Bateman, will return to Arrested Development. Picture: Supplied
Despite his issues, Jeffrey Tambor, with Tony Hale and Jason Bateman, will return to Arrested Development. Picture: Supplied

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