Former Glee Stars Accuse Lea Michele of Racism, Harassment

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Glee star Lea Michele has little to sing about today. When she tweeted a message about the death of George Floyd with the hashtag #blacklivesmatter on Monday night, costar Samantha Ware accused her of making her life “a living hell” – setting off a series of responses from other black actors who appeared on Glee. The tweets picked up so much steam, they've already cost Michele an endorsement deal.

Ware, who played Jane Howard in the musical show's last season, called out Michele’s treatment of her on the set, citing “traumatic microaggressions.”

That led other Glee alums to chime in about Michele’s alleged behavior, including Alex Newell (who played Unique and is currently starring in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist):

Drag performer Willam added:

Dabier Snell, who appeared in one episode of Glee, then jumped in to say Michele told him he didn’t belong at a table with other cast members:

Amber Riley, who played Mercedes, also posted some reaction GIFs.

Trans NYC performer Linux TheRobot recalled her time as an extra on Glee:

Yvette Nicole Brown, who costarred with Michele in the short-lived sitcom The Mayor, added:

In a fan thread about Glee’s “problematic” cast members, Kevin McHale (who played Artie) only defended Chord Overstreet:

Abigail Breslin, who starred with Michele on Scream Queens, liked some tweets that supported Ware's accusations, as did Michele's former costars on The Mayor Marcel Spears and Bernard D. Jones.

Following the tweets, HelloFresh announced that they had severed ties with the actress. The meal-kit company has been featuring her in campaigns since January.

Michele responded to the tweets Wednesday morning, saying in a statement to People: "While I don't remember ever making this specific statement and I have 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. 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 which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings."

She added, "I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me. I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience."

The actress, who played Rachel Berry for the entirety of Glee's six seasons, was previously accused of diva behavior in costar Naya Rivera’s memoir.

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