Arrrested Development cast members have been accused of contextualising and excusing harassment claims made by fellow star Jessica Walter against Jeffrey Tambor.

In a heated New York Times interview with several members of the cast of the show, the subject of Tambor’s past interactions with Walter came to light. Walter claims that Tambor has previously verbally harassed her and that she was never treated like that on a set before.

Tambor had previously discussed this interaction, stating that he has shouted at Walter on set. When it came up in the New York Times interview, Jason Bateman and other cast members repeatedly tried to contextualise the incident, suggesting it was a normal side of life on the set.

There are also several allegations of misconduct against Tambor from the set of Transparent, which Batman referred to.

Bateman said: “This is a family and families, you know, have love, laughter, arguments — again, not to belittle it, but a lot of stuff happens in 15 years.

I know nothing about “Transparent” but I do know a lot about “Arrested Development.” And I can say that no matter what anybody in this room has ever done — and we’ve all done a lot, with each other, for each other, against each other — I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I have zero complaints.”

Walter reacted to Bateman’s comments by stating: “Jason says this happens all the time. 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, but I’m over it now. I just let it go right here, for The New York Times.”

Other stars of the show were also involved in the discussion, with Tony Hale also adding: “To Jason’s point, we can be honest about the fact that — and not to build a thing — we’ve all had moments.”

Will Arnett and David Cross also got involved in the conversation, with Tambor himself barely saying anything throughout. Alia Shawkat did stand in defence of Walter though, stating: “(That even if it is normal) that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable.”

Several members of the cast have since apologised to Walter for their part in normalising Tambor’s behaviour.

Batman tweeted: “Based on listening to the NYT interview and hearing people’s thoughts online, I realize that I was wrong here. I sound like I’m condoning yelling at work. I do not. It sounds like I’m excusing Jeffery. I do not. It sounds like I’m insensitive to Jessica. I am not. In fact, I’m horrified that I wasn’t more aware of how this incident affected her.”

He added: “I’m incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry to have done that to Jessica.  This is a big learning moment for me. I shouldn’t have tried so hard to mansplain, or fix a fight, or make everything okay. I should’ve focused more on what the most important part of it all is - there’s never any excuse for abuse, in any form, from any gender. And, the victim’s voice needs to be heard and respected.

“Period. I didn’t say that and instead said a bunch of other stuff and not very well. I deeply, and sincerely, apologize.”