Jessica Walter, who plays Tambor’s on-screen wife Lucille Bluth on the Netflix comedy, revealed that Tambor verbally harassed her in a New York Times interview with the Arrested Development cast. “He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize,” she said through tears, with Tambor sitting nearby. “In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set.”
The Times also posted audio of the interview, which was shared on Twitter by podcaster Kevin T. Porter:
Walter didn’t elaborate on her claims, but Tambor has already exited his Emmy-winning lead role on the Amazon comedy Transparent after allegations of sexual harassment and verbal abuse surfaced on that show’s set. Tambor, however, does reprise his role as George Bluth Sr. in the fifth season of Arrested Development, which debuts next Tuesday on Netflix.
The claims of harassment won’t keep Walter from working with Tambor again, though, she says: “I don’t want to walk around with anger. I respect him as an actor. We’ve known each other for years and years and years… Of course, I would work with him again in a heartbeat.”