Lysette quickly pushed him away and "rolled her eyes," compartmentalizing it.
She says no one saw the moment because crew members were busy and “It was discreet. If you were behind Jeffrey you might have thought he was giving me a hug.”
While many people have been dismissing this accusation as trivial, there are a few things worth remembering.
First, sexual harassment, even sexually charged and/or demeaning words can create a hostile atmosphere at work and damage the morale and the safety of all involved.
Secondly, Tambor has been already been accused of harassing another woman, his assistant, Van Barnes, who is also transgender.
In a private Facebook post, Barnes said – without actually naming Tambor – that he “repeatedly propositioned her, made lewd comments, groped her and threatened to sue her if she spoke up.”
Lysette, who was her housemate at the time, attests to the validity of the accusations, which incited an internal investigation by amazon.
“She would come home wrecked and stressed,” Lysette stated. “I saw him break her down. She for the most part kept it to herself. She was just like, ‘Girl, he is a piece of work. If you only knew what I’m going through.’ But I knew.”
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Tambor denied the accusations.
For the past four years, I’ve had the huge privilege — and huge responsibility — of playing Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman, in a show that I know has had an enormous, positive impact on a community that has been too long dismissed and misunderstood. Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly. 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.