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Amazon investigation: Actor Jeffrey Tambor denies sexual harassment claims by his former assistant

Roy Price (L) and Jefffrey Tambor at an event in New York in June. Amazon Studios is investigating separate sexual harassment against both men. (Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Amazon Studios is investigating sexual harassment allegations against "Transparent" actor Jeffrey Tambor.

About three weeks ago, Roy Price, the high-profile head of Amazon Studios, resigned over sexual harassment claims, reported Aaron Cohen at TheBlaze. His fiancé Lila Feinberg canceled the couple's wedding plans after the accusations emerged.

Tambor is the latest addition to the ever-growing list of Hollywood executives and stars who are recently accused of sexual misconduct in the entertainment business. Van Barnes, Tambor's former assistant, alleged in a private Facebook post that the actor engaged in inappropriate behavior, Deadline reported.

Barnes, who is a transgender woman appeared on E! "I Am Cait" with Caitlyn Jenner and the Amazon documentary anthology miniseries "This Is Me" back in 2015, according to Deadline.

Tambor responded Wednesday, calling the accusations "baseless" in a statement obtained by Variety.

“I am aware that a former disgruntled assistant of mine has made a private post implying that I had acted in an improper manner toward her,” Tambor said in the statement. “I adamantly and vehemently reject and deny any and all implication and allegation that I have ever engaged in any improper behavior toward this person or any other person I have ever worked with. I am appalled and distressed by this baseless allegation.”

Amazon Studios issued a statement that it's committed to promptly and thoroughly investigating all accusations of improper sexual conduct.

“Anything that would diminish the level of respect, safety and inclusion so fundamental to our workplace is completely antithetical to our principles,” Jill Soloway, the comedy series' creator, said in a statement. “We are cooperating with the investigation into this matter.”

Amazon, per the studio's investigation process, is speaking to members of the “Transparent” production and Tambor personally, Variety reported.

"Transparent" is Amazon Studios' flagship comedy. It is currently not in production.

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