Jeffrey Tambor leaves show after sexual assault claims

Jeffrey Tambor is exiting the show Transparent' - which he stars in as the lead - after sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

Tambor, 73, released a statement to Deadline on Sunday, in which he said playing the transgender character, Maura Pfefferman, had been an honor but that he could no longer continue the role.

In an ambiguous statement Sunday, Tambor referenced what he calls a 'politicized atmosphere' that has afflicted the set. He also says that the idea that he would deliberately harass anyone is untrue.  

Jeffrey Tambor (pictured) is exiting the show Transparent' - which he stars in as the lead - after sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

Jeffrey Tambor (pictured) is exiting the show Transparent' - which he stars in as the lead - after sexual harassment allegations were made against him.

He was accused of sexual harassment by his former assistant Van Barnes (right) and his 'Transparent' co-star Trace Lysette (right)

He was accused of sexual harassment by his former assistant Van Barnes (right) and his 'Transparent' co-star Trace Lysette (right)

Lysette claims that when she emerged from from wardrobe in a costume of a lingerie top and shorts for a scene with Tambor, he said: 'My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually' (Pictured, Lysette, right, and Tambor in a scene from 'Transparent' in 2014)

Lysette claims that when she emerged from from wardrobe in a costume of a top and shorts for a scene with Tambor, he said: 'My God, Trace. I want to attack you sexually' (Pictured, Lysette, right, and Tambor in a scene from 'Transparent' in 2014)

'I've already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. 

'Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent.'

Tambor has won two Emmys for portraying Maura Pfefferman in the highly regarded show, which is now in its fourth season. Many interpreted his words to mean that he was leaving the show, which has not been confirmed.  

In a private Facebook post last week, Tambor's former assistant, a transgender woman named Van Barnes, accused the actor of inappropriate behavior, including telling her: 'You will love my d**k'. 

In a statement, the Emmy-winning actor 'adamantly and vehemently' denied any wrongdoing, and called Barnes 'disgruntled'.

In response, Amazon launched an investigation,

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