Actor Jason Bateman responded to criticism that he downplayed the verbal harassment charges made by co-star Jessica Walter against Jeffrey Tambor.
In an interview with the new York Times, the three stars of Arrested Development, along with other members of the cast, discussed the experience of Walter who filmed with Tambor, in which he argued that Tambor la he verbally harassed.
"In almost 60 years of work, I never have anyone shouted at me that way on a set," he explained. "And it's hard to manage, but now I'm done."
Bateman, along with fellow cast members including Tony Hale, seemed to minimize the situation during the interview, with Bateman suggesting that the behavior was typical of the industry.
"In the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes," difficult "." He said Bateman
He added: "It's a strange thing, and it's a breeding ground for atypical behavior and certain people have certain processes."
Here's the audio of Jessica Walter PIANGENTE, standing by herself same after all the men in the cast of the AD try to light it on gas thinking that the harassment of Tambor are not so bad. This is horrible. pic.twitter.com/innJv8LIYF
̵1; Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter) May 23, 2018
Later in the interview, Bateman added, "Not to say you know, you [Walter] happened, but this is not in the void: families come together and certain dynamics collide and clash every now and then, and there are all sorts of things going into the stew, so it's a bit The fact that a particular thing is attracting attention from our show is close. "
The comments of Bateman and other members of the cast in relation to the alleged Tambor harassment came for fierce online criticism after their publication, with the journalist Jennifer Bendery who called them "shockingly contemptuous for the horrible treatment of Walter".
Great interview. I learned two things about a show I love.
1) What a robust, mature, graceful person Jessica Walter is.
2) All men, especially Jason Bateman, are foolishly disdainful of Jeffrey Tambor's horrible treatment of Walter. Way to explain his situation, guys. https://t.co/MVUswlBMVm
– Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) May 23, 2018
Bateman later used Twitter to apologize for his comments, saying he was "incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done it to Jessica."
"Based on listening to the NYT interview and listening to the thoughts of people online, I realize I was wrong here," he wrote. "I look like I'm forgiving, screaming at work, I do not … I do not seem to be excusing Jeffery, I do not … it seems I'm insensitive to Jessica I'm not."
"In fact, I'm upset that I was not aware of how this accident has struck you, "he continued." I was so eager to let Jeffrey know he was supported in his attempt to learn, grow and apologize for having completely underestimated the feelings of the victim, another person. that I love deeply – and she was sitting right there!
"I am incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done it to Jessica.This is a great learning moment for me.I should not have tried so hard to do the tasks, solve a fight or do it all right. focus more on what is the most important part of it all – there is never any excuse for abusing any form whatsoever, and the victim's voice must be heard and respected Period.
I did not say it and instead I said a lot of other things and not very well. I deeply and sincerely apologize. "
Bateman, Walter, Tambor, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, Will Arnett and David Cross were all talking together for the new season of Arrested Development, due to be released on Tuesday, May 29.
In February, Tambor was officially dropped from the Amazon Transparent series following allegations of sexual harassment
Tambor denied claims made against him by former assistant Van Barnes and transparent co-star Trace Lysette, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "I raised my voice sometimes, I was sometimes moody, there were times when I was tactless. But as for other things, absolutely not. "