Michael Rapaport faced an online backlash on Sunday after he tweeted support for Jeffrey Tambor, as the actor quit “Transparent” amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Tambor, 73, announced his resignation from the role, which saw him play transgender woman Maura Pfefferman, and Rapaport, 47, took to Twitter after the statement was released to post: “How you gonna have a show called Transparent without the Transparent. I’m with #Tambor.”
One follower then replied: “It’s not about the show. Do you support harassment? Let me know now so I can unfollow.”
“Nope I don’t & I don’t support unproven claims of harassment either,” Rapaport hit back.
Another posted, “I’m disappointed by your stance. Sexual assault is not new, but we’re in an age now where people are realizing how normalized our society has made these actions. It’s f**ked. Please rethink and be on the right side of this and all instances of a person being victimized.”
“You’re assuming he’s guilty of anything. He just said he didn’t do s**t,” Rapaport fired back.
The actor then went on to post, “I 500% percent don’t support sexual harassment & I 500% don’t support unproven sexual harassment. People taking sides sight unseen. Scarlet lettering Motherf**kers. Taking sides about accusations by people they will never make eye contact with or look up & fact check GTFOH.”
“This man was accused, sentenced of rape he didn’t commit did a nice long bid in prison for 45 years. False Accusation. I support the victims of sexual assault & I support the victims of FALSE accusations of sexual assault. You can support BOTH @TIME,” he added alongside a video of Wilbert Jones, who was wrongfully accused of rape.
Rapaport’s comments come after Tambor quit “Transparent” over sexual assault allegations made against him by actress Trace Lysette.
“Playing Maura Pfefferman on ‘Transparent’ has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” said Tambor in a statement obtained by ET Canada.
“What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago,” he continued. “I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue.”
Tambor believed he had no choice but to exit the show. He added, “Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to ‘Transparent’.”
Lysette’s allegations against him were made public on Nov. 14, six days after Tambor’s former assistant Van Barnes accused him of sexual misconduct.