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Jeffrey Tambor responds to damning second accusation of sexual harassment

“I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator — ever. I am deeply sorry if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being sexually aggressive or if I ever offended or hurt anyone. But the fact is, for all my flaws, I am not a predator and the idea that someone might see me in that way is more distressing than I can express.”— Jeffrey Tambor, responding to a second account of sexual harassment from trans actress Trace Lysette on the set of Transparent. 

Lysette shared her story via Twitter, which you can read below:

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  • Esscourt

    Did he have that color tattooed on his lips?

  • Knight

    Tambor is gay…everyone in Hollywood knows this. He lived in one of the only residential houses off Santa Monica BLVD in West Hollywood for peet’s sake. Trace is really reaching here.

  • Ummmm Yeah

    Well Jeffrey you got into bed with people that can’t deal with reality so they lie about it. Didn’t you know that would go badly for you? After all they have nothing but a history of destroying everything and everyone around them.

  • mhoffman953

    Queerty seems to be reporting on everyone’s alleged sexual conduct including Weinstein, Spacey, Fire Island, Roy Moore, some no name Republican lawmakers, lesser known names of actors who were touched while in Hollywood, but still refuses to cover George Takei’s alleged misconduct. Seems odd

    • JAWIWA

      Um… because unlike every single other one Takei is accused of possibly drugging and molesting a guy he was dating and who had nothing to do with him professionally. It’s a bad date story. An attempted date rape story. So if everyone is going to start firing and blasting everyone who failed in an aggressive come on in their apartment during a date, then the Takei story might merit an article.

    • Knight

      Mhoff good question. But we both know the answer. Takei is the gay poster-boy for the left, meaning unless there is a barrage of similar stories, we won’t hear about this one here; despite the story being most probably true that he invited a struggling actor who considered him a friend and mentor over his home, drugged him and sexually abused him. Weinstien was a slam-dunk since so many women came out afterwards. So, with Takei we’ll have to see if this was a one-time indiscretion or a pattern.

    • DCguy

      Oh what a shock, to of Mo Bros screenames are on here equating lgbts with “The Left” and attacking.

      Sheeesh, you trolls shouldn’t expose yourselves so easily. Because remember, your job is to always try to deflect the topic. (Eye Roll).

    • Kangol

      I agree with you for a change. Queerty should be fair and cover the allegation against Takei. There’s been nothing on here. Whatever his or the site’s politics, why not cover it, since he’s become a major out gay public figure in recent years. I will say that whatever did happen, I have appreciated Takei’s public pro-gay/LGBTQ advocacy and activism, which makes it possible for all kinds of people, including gay conservatives to enjoy the freedoms we have.

    • Knight

      Kangol I don’t disagree with you on Takei’s activism (albeit very late in his career). He has definitely done a lot with regard to LGBT visibility. But his remarks calling Clarence Thomas “a clown in black-face” didn’t do the LGBT community any favors, and kind of showed him as a bit racist and disconnected. In fact, it was his unwillingness to apologize and insistence that he didn’t say anything wrong (until a week later when it became unbearable) that struck a chord with the abuse story; he gave the same excuse of “not doing anything wrong” (after initially denying he ever knew/ met the accuser).

  • chris33133

    I really want to believe the accuser; but her statement reads like it was edited multiple times for maximum effect. It reads like a grade B (whatever-the-opposite-of-romance-is) novel. By referencing her work with Amazon throughout the statement, it seems as if this is little more than self-promotion. A few more accusers would need to appear before I’d see this as credible.

    BTW, it’s possible for someone to be an equal-opportunity jerk. It seems as if Mr. Tambor pleads guilty to that charge.

    • AntBee

      Thank you!

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