Following sexual harassment allegations levied against Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor by series guest star Trace Lysette, the second accuser to come forward with such claims, one of the show’s trans writers and producers, Our Lady J, is speaking out, saying these stories have “shattered” her.
“My heart is broken. I’m struggling to put together words right now, as I’m flooded with emotions. Any abuse of power is inexcusable, but hearing the stories of Van and Trace have particularly shattered me. I honor the strength and courage that it must have taken for them to tell their truth,” wrote Our Lady J in a statement posted to Instagram, expressing her support for the accusers and echoing Lysette’s previous call for the show to continue without Tambor.
“Thank you for your leadership, Trace,” Our Lady J continued. “Thank you for speaking up. And thank you for your proposed solution at the end of your statement. You are right — we cannot let trans content be taken down by a single cis man.”
Lysette’s allegations come after similar sexual harassment claims from Tambor’s former assistant broke on Nov. 8. She called for the show to continue without him, saying, in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, this situation was “a teachable moment to re-center the other trans characters in this show with the family members instead of pulling it” and advocating for creator Jill Solloway to “remove the problem and let the show go on.”
Last Friday, GLAAD echoed that sentiment in its statement: “The show Transparent is bigger than one person and is home to some of the most talented trans people in Hollywood – both in front of the camera and behind. GLAAD stands with Trace in her hope that the inappropriate situations she and others endured on set will be remedied, and that future seasons will focus on more of the many brilliant characters that audiences love and care about.”