Lea Michele issues apology after accusations from former ‘Glee’ co-stars
Lea Michele apologized on Wednesday after her former “Glee” co-star Samantha Ware accused her of bullying her on the set of the musical TV show with a series of “traumatic microaggressions.”
In a statement posted on Instagram, Michele denied having any recollection of “ever making” the comments in question and said she “never judged others by their background or color of their skin.”
“That’s not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people,” she wrote. “Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain I have caused.”
Michele, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich later this year, said she will “keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my own actions.”
“I listened to these criticisms and am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience,” the “Scream Queens” actress concluded.
The apology came after Ware, who had a recurring role on the sixth season of “Glee” in 2015, leveled multiple accusations against Michele after she posted a tribute to George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was killed in police custody last week in Minneapolis.
Floyd’s death has kicked off protests across the country and sparked a national conversation about racial injustice and police brutality.
“George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end,” Michele wrote, adding the Black Lives Matter hashtag.
Ware responded with an all-caps tweet saying that Michelle made her first television gig “a living hell.”
LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “SHIT IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD… https://t.co/RkcaMBmtDA
— SAMEYAAAAAA (@Sammie_Ware) June 2, 2020
Several other black “Glee” cast members, including Amber Riley and Alex Newell, reacted to Ware’s accusations on social media.
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) June 2, 2020
— Alex Newell (@thealexnewell) June 2, 2020
Dabier Snell also responded to Michele’s post about Floyd, writing, “F— YOU LEA.”
“Girl you wouldn’t let me sit at the table with the other cast members cause ‘I didn’t belong there,’” Snell wrote in capital letters.
GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE “I DIDNT BELONG THERE” FUCK YOU LEA https://t.co/s4NoLdtqRs
— Dabier (@OfficialDabier) June 2, 2020
Yvette Nicole Brown, who appeared with Michelle in the ABC sitcom “The Mayor,” also responded to Ware’s tweet, writing: “I felt every one of those capital letters.”
The viral interaction also caused HelloFresh, the meal-kit delivery service, to announce that it is severing its partnership with the singer.
“HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele,” the company wrote on Twitter. “We take this very seriously, and have terminated our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.”
HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele. We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.
— HelloFresh US (@HelloFresh) June 2, 2020
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