Actor Jeffrey Tambor has criticised Transparent creator Jill Soloway and Amazon following their confirmation that he would not be returning to the series after sexual harassment allegations.
The 73-year-old, who himself announced last year that he could not see a way to return to the show following the allegations, described the accusations made against him as "false" and alleged that the internal investigation into the claims was "deeply flawed".
On Thursday, Amazon officially confirmed that Tambor - a Golden Globe and Emmy winner for his portrayal of transgender woman Maura Pfefferman - had been fired from the series after an internal investigation of allegations made by trans actresses Van Barnes and Trace Lysette of sexual harassment on set.
"I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires," said the show's creator and executive producer, Jill Soloway.
"We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community.
"We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family."
Reacting to his exit from the show and Soloway's statement, Tambor said: "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."
"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," Tambor claimed.
The actor alleged 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," he continued.
"I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak."