Following creator Mitch Hurtwitz's confirmation that Arrested Development will be returning for a fifth season on Netflix "very soon", one question remains: how will the show deal with the sexual harassment allegations made against Jeffrey Tambor, one of its stars? The actor was recently dropped from Amazon Studios' "Transparent" after he was accused of sexual misconduct; he has repeatedly denied the claims. Production on the new episodes came to an end in November of previous year, but it's only this week that Tambor's involvement has been brought up by a Netflix spokesperson.
The confirmation comes several months after the actor was sacked from his Amazon show "Transparent" following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.
While we're sure Arrested Development fans will be happy to see the actor return for the new season, the news comes as a bit of a surprise.
A Netflix spokesperson confirmed the news on Friday, as the new season is set to return to the streaming platform in 2018. Tambor has also been quoted as responding to the claims with, "I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon's handling of these false accusations against me".
"I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway's unfair characterisation of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates".More news: Deadpool Is in Celine Dion's New Music Video
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Lysette, who is herself transgender, said in a statement to Deadline that when she wore a lingerie top and shorts for a scene, Tambor said to her, "My God, Trace". "It's not about sharing my personal opinion of him", she said.
Additionally, Tambor's former assistant Van Barnes made allegations that Tambor groped her, made lewd comments and threatened to sue if she told anyone.
Alia Shawkat however was more reserved in her praise, and said it was "sad" to hear about the situation, referring to Tambor's accusers as "victims" who need "to be heard just as much". As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself.
"The original season four of 'Arrested Development' on Netflix, as some of you know, experimented with a Rashomon-style of storytelling - with each episode dedicated to the adventure of one member of the Bluth family", Hurwitz wrote.