2018-03-07 23:57:01 UTC
Jeffrey Tambor was fired from the set of Transparent after an investigation into
the claims made by several women on set who claimed Tambor subjected them to
sexual harassment. One of those women, Van Barnes, has come forward to detail
what her experience with Tambor was like, and ask why Amazon hasnt stepped up
to help her.
In a Wednesday morning interview on Megyn Kelly Today, Barnes explained that she
initially posted about her experience with Tambor under the hashtag #MeToo
without naming him, on her private Facebook page. She was surprised that it
snowballed from there. Barnes worked with Tambor as his assistant on a number of
projects, not just Transparent.
Continually, I was always harassed, said Barnes. It ran the gamut of sexual
harassment, physical harassment, and verbal abuse constantly. And this all
really falls under the problem that Hollywood has right now of the abuse of
power and misogyny.
Barnes said the harassment would always increase during job negotiation times,
when Barnes was close to finding out when shed be hired on the next project.
She said hed start making comments like, Why havent we slept together?
It wasnt a one-time thing, according to Barnes, but would come up several times
a week. She attempted to deflect, but admitted that as a transgender woman in
Hollywood, she felt at times as though she couldnt take a stand without
endangering her career.
Barnes also said she told Tambor over and over again that she was married, but
one day in frustration simply told him, Im not comfortable with my body.
Barnes said Tambor responded, Im comfortable with it.
During an earlier project, Tambor had stayed at her home for two weeks as he
looked for housing, a situation she now looks back on skeptically. Barnes said
that Tambor told her he spied on her as she slept naked. At first she thought he
was joking, she said, but then he told her she slept with one arm up over her
Its so creepy. This is a man I had put my trust in, she said. Megyn Kelly
then asked her if she thinks that Amazon cutting ties was the right response to
his alleged transgressions.
Partially. Him being fired is just in a male-driven Hollywood. And he brought
this on himself. but they havent completed the whole process of helping me back
up on my feet, said Barnes, adding, Im speaking up for the next victim.