'Transparent' Star Accused Of Sexual Assault

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"Transparent" actress Trace Lysette has accused co-star Jeffrey Tambor of sexual assault.

Lysette says Tambor, who plays a transgender mom in the show, pressed up against in her in a sexual manner and made inappropriate comments while filming, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

The transgender actress adds she felt his penis against her as he made "quick, discreet thrusts back and forth against my body."

"I felt his penis on my hip through his thin pajamas," Lysette recalls.

Moments before, the 73-year-old Tambor allegedly also said, "My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually" when he saw Lysette wearing a lingerie top for a scene.

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Tambor denies claims he is a sexual predator, the Daily Mail reports.

"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," he said. "Now I find myself accused of behavior that any civilized person would condemn unreservedly."

Tambor admitted he knows he isn't "the easiest person to work with" but that he has "never been a predator."

"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," he added.

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The news comes after Tambor's transgender assistant, Van Barnes, also accused the star of sexual harassment.

On Nov. 8, Barnes said Tambor repeatedly propositioned her, groped her and and made inappropriate comments.

In response, Amazon Studios launched an investigation. While it declined to comment on the future, some say it's possible the show may continue without its main character. It may put the future of "Transparent" at risk; the show's concept is based on Tambor's transgender mother, and it's not certain how they can continue without him.

"Transparent" creator Jill Soloway says she is cooperating with Amazon and will do as it sees fit.

"Anything that would diminish the level of respect, safety and inclusion so fundamental to our workplace is completely antithetical to our principles," Soloway said.

Tambor denies the allegations.

"I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her," he said. "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. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation."

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Red Carpet Report TV/Flickr / Embedded Images: Red Carpet Report TV/Flickr, The Trevor Project/Flickr

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