A third woman has come forward to accuse Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment.
Tamara Delbridge, a celebrity makeup artist with no connection to his show, “Transparent,” told Refinery29 that Tambor forcibly kissed her on the set of the 2001 film “Never Again.”
“It was really weird because I did not interact with him at all during filming,” Delbridge said. “It wasn’t like he and I had bantered back and forth or flirted. I’m very professional on set and [‘Never Again’] was a really big deal for me. It was the first time that I’d worked with actors at that level.”
According to Delbridge, the incident occurred on the last day of shooting.
“I said [to Tambor], ‘It was very nice to work with you’ and he grabbed me out of nowhere and kissed me on the lips,” she said. “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.”
She also said that actor Bill Duke witnessed the incident and told her she did absolutely nothing wrong after thinking that she’d maybe, accidentally, come off as flirtatious.
In a statement, Tambor told TheWrap, “I have absolutely no recollection of anything like this incident ever happening. If it did, it wasn’t meant as anything more than an enthusiastic farewell and gratitude for a job well done at the end of a shoot. However, I am deeply sorry for any discomfort or offense I may have inadvertently caused her.”
Delbridge said she wanted to speak out after she saw Tambor’s response to Van Barnes, a trans actress and Tambor’s former assistant, who also accused him of harassment in a private Facebook post.
“His response made me really angry. I was like ‘it’s not baseless,’” Delbridge 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.”
Tambor was also accused of sexual harassment by transgender co-star Trace Lysette, with the alleged incident occurring during filming of the show’s second season.
“I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with,” responded Tambor in a statement sent to TheWrap. “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.”
He released a statement on Sunday saying he doesn’t think he will be coming back for the show’s fifth season after the accusations.