Jeffrey Tambor, 73, has been accused of sexual harassment by two people who have worked with him on the series that solidified Amazon’s place among the streaming elite.
The company is reportedly investigating the alleged misconduct.
On Sunday, Tambor issued a statement saying the allegations are “simply and utterly untrue” and called into question his continuation on the series, signaling that he may step away from his lauded role.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” Tambor said in his statement. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago.”
Since 2014, Tambor has played Maura Pfefferman, a father who comes out as transgender to his wife and children.
Trace Lysette, an actress on the series, is one of Tambor’s accusers.
In a statement posted to social media last week, Lysette accused Tambor of making sexual advances and comments.
Lysette, who is transgender, called on Amazon to keep the show on the air despite her allegations against Tambor.
“Don’t let the trans community suffer for the actions of one cis [a person who identifies with the gender assigned to them at birth] male actor,” her statement said.
“Transparent” was renewed for a fifth season by Amazon in August. But the show’s once certain future is now in question.
Amazon Studios did not respond to questions on Monday and previously declined to comment.
A future without Tambor?
The allegations against Tambor come as Hollywood is experiencing a reckoning and awakening of sorts.
Since October, when film mogul Harvey Weinstein was the subject of investigative reports about his alleged history of sexual misconduct, several other prominent entertainment industry figures have faced allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
Through a spokeswoman, Weinstein has…