After accusations of sexual harassment by his assistant and a guest star, Jeffrey Tambor was the subject of an internal investigation by Amazon — and eventually fired from Transparent.
He has even found some backup in colleagues like Arrested Development costar David Cross, who said he finds Amazon’s investigatory methods “curious” and less than, well, transparent.
Now one of the women accusing Tambor is calling B.S. on his response.
Van Barnes, whom reality TV fans might recognize from her appearances on I Am Cait, released a lengthy statement to The Hollywood Reporter, calling her former boss’s claims he knew nothing about this “completely ludicrous.”
See the entire statement to get her side of the investigation (below):
“For two years I worked as Mr. Tambor’s personal assistant during the filming of the Amazon show Transparent, as well as assisting him on other projects and in his private life. During this time, I experienced an extremely volatile work environment, which included frequent and persistent sexual harassment, physical harassment, verbal abuse and abuse of power by Mr. Tambor. During this time, I made several attempts to address Mr. Tambor’s inappropriate behavior with both executives of the show as well as with Mr. Tambor’s personal management team at The Burstein Co., all to no avail. Mr. Tambor’s assertion that these accusations were never revealed or discussed with him are completely ludicrous. In January 2017, when it was clear to me that things would not change with Mr. Tambor, I quit working as his assistant.
In November 2017, Jill Solloway’s company, Topple Productions, took steps to investigate Mr. Tambor’s behavior on the set of Transparent in light of the accusations by not only me, but my fellow castmate, Trace Lysette, as well. An outside legal investigative firm specializing in employment-related harassment was hired, and they conducted a thorough, three-month-long investigation. The investigation was extremely professional, exhaustingly thorough and all-encompassing.
For Mr. Tambor to now characterize this investigation as “biased” and “politicized” is an insult to the numerous people he has worked with through the years who were forced to participate in an investigation created by his own actions. Mr. Tambor’s lengthy abuse and harassment of me continues to haunt me and is a clear indication of how we got to this point.
I take no celebration in the firing of Mr. Tambor from Transparent, because this man’s actions have jeopardized many people’s jobs, especially many transgender people struggling to find work in Hollywood.
I do however believe it is just. He has done this to himself.
I have stood behind my #metoo post, because as it took shape I realized that I had an opportunity to protect the next victim and to challenge my employer to take an important position for transgender employment protection. All of these events are completely unfortunate, and I am forever changed by this. This has and continues to be a long road toward recovery and forward movement. It is highly unfortunate that Mr. Tambor has chosen to lash out at myself, Jill Soloway, and others, rather than accept accountability for his actions.
I stand by my truths.”
What do YOU think about this new statement??