Amazon's hit series Transparent
has had a successful four years, but will people tune in for a new season if the main character is gone?
Producers at Amazon are struggling with whether or not to continue the show with Jeffrey Tambor, who plays transitioning parent Maura Pfefferman. The reason: Tambor has been accused by Van Barnes, a former assistant, of sexual harassment. She alleged on Facebook that the actor propositioned her, made lewd comments, groped her and threatened to sue her if she spoke up
Tambor denied the claim, calling Barnes a “former disgruntled assistant."
“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,” Tambor said. “I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”
“Anything that would diminish the level of respect, safety and inclusion so fundamental to our workplace is completely antithetical to our principles,” said Transparent creator Jill Soloway. “We are cooperating with the investigation into this matter.”
Tambor won two Emmys in 2015 and 2016 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on the series.
Producers said they are investigating the claims and will decide how to proceed once they have gathered more information.