A third accuser has come forward to say Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor sexually harassed her, by forcibly kissing her on the set of the film Never Again in 2001.
Makeup artist Tamara Delbridge told Refinery29 in an exclusive interview posted late Wednesday that getting a job as a makeup assistant on the film was a big break for her. On the last day of the shoot, she said she told Tambor, “It was very nice to work with you.”
“And he grabbed me out of nowhere and kissed me on the lips,” she told Refinery 29. “And I was just shocked. I didn’t even know how to react, because how do you react when you’re not expecting anything like that? So I didn’t know if I was embarrassed or shocked or mortified or stunned. It was a whole bunch of emotions.”
In a statement to USA TODAY and Refinery29, Tambor denied having any memory of the alleged episode.
“If it did (happen), it wasn’t meant as anything more than an enthusiastic farewell and gratitude for a job well done at the end of a shoot,” Tambor statement said. “However, I am deeply sorry for any discomfort or offense I may have inadvertently caused her.”
Delbridge worried that she had accidentally come across as flirtatious. But she said another actor in the film, Bill Duke, saw what happened and told her it was inappropriate on Tambor’s part.
“In my mind, he just confirmed that I didn’t do anything to provoke it,” Delbridge says. “I don’t know why (Tambor) did that to me. But an older, prominent actor violated me and then another older, prominent actor let me know that it was inappropriate. So I think it’s important to add because I will appreciate Bill Duke until the day I die.”
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Two other women, Tambor’s former assistant and an actress on Transparent, also have accused Tambor of sexual misconduct, allegations that Amazon Studios has been investigating.
In the meantime, Tambor, who won two lead actor Emmys for his performance as a transgender woman on Transparent, intimated he would not be returning for a fifth season.
“Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent,” he said.
Delbridge told Refinery29 that she was spurred to speak up when she read that Tambor had dismissed the other allegations as baseless.
“His response made me really angry,” she said. “This isn’t a man-bashing thing. It’s about a person who did something inappropriate and he’s not acknowledging that he did it. And the word ‘baseless’ is really like him just flipping it off and saying that’s nothing. And it’s not nothing, because this is a pattern.”