The #MeToo movement has seen a lot of powerful men outed from their positions after allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct have emerged. Certainly one of the most curious cases has involved acclaimed character actor Jeffrey Tambor, who (until recently) starred on the hit Amazon series Transparent.
Tambor starred on the show for four seasons as Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman who opens up to her family about her transformation.
The show garnered praise for its positive showcase on the transgender community, and Tambor won back-to-back Emmy awards for his role.
Then, in November 2017, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, a former assistant accused Tambor of sexual misconduct.
Soon thereafter, actress Trace Lysette and makeup artist Tamara Delbridge also accused the actor of sexual improprieties.
Tambor has vigorously denied the allegations but in a statement released on November 19, he said, “I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
After conducting an internal investigation, Amazon Studios officially announced that Tambor had been fired from the show on February 15.
Now, one of Tambor’s former Arrested Development co-stars is speaking out on his behalf and says that other co-stars are ready to defend him, as well.
“I can’t speak for everybody, but I know there are a number of us who stand behind him—from the limited amount we know, we stand behind Jeffrey—and I am one of them,” said actor/comedian David Cross.
Cross also cast down on the investigation into Tambor’s conduct, questioning why Amazon would make the results of that investigation public.
A fifth season of Arrested Development is slated to air sometime this year on Netflix, with filming having wrapped around the same time the allegations of misconduct against Tambor emerged.
Cross says he doesn’t expect the controversy to affect Tambor’s role in the upcoming new episodes.