Ahead of the fifth season launch of “Arrested Development” on Netflix, the New York Times sat down with most of the cast of the show and the interview has since made headlines.
Addressing the sexual harassment and verbal abuse allegations that have recently been raised against star Jeffrey Tambor, all the male cast members present tried to dismiss it as typical of a tumultuous industry. Jessica Walter however broke out in tears and insisted that it was not.
Whatever actually happened, Walter categorizes it as uniquely harsh. She says: “He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize…In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it’s hard to deal with.”
Despite her obvious emotion, the men in the room seemingly dismissed her – most notably Jason Bateman. Audio of the interview has gone up and has seen an outpouring of support for Walter, so much so it has led to an apology from Bateman and co-stars Tony Hale and David Cross. You can check out the original article that started it all, including the key audio segment, at The NY Times.
The new season of “Arrested Development” premieres this coming week.