Amazon Studios has fired Jeffrey Tambor, star of 'Transparent'. This follows an investigation into sexual harassment claims against the actor.
He will not feature in the award-winning show's upcoming fifth season.
It's not Amazon's first dealing with these kinds of offences. The studio's head Roy Price resigned last year following similar allegations.
Tambor is accused of propositioning and groping his former assistant. Shortly after saying the claims were "baseless", actress Trace Lysette – who, like Tambor's assistant, is transgender – accused him of similar behaviour.
Tambor continues to protest his innocence. He said in a statement: "I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon's handling of these false accusations against me. I am even more disappointed in ['Transparent' series creator] Jill Soloway's unfair characterisation of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates.
"In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have never been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicised atmosphere that afflicted our set.
"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. I also deeply regret that this groundbreaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak."
Netflix has also had to deal with stars accused of sexual misconduct. It recently parted company with Kevin Spacey, writing him out of the next series of 'House of Cards' and cancelling a film starring him as famed writer Gore Vidal.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter