Glee actor Samantha Marie Ware has accused her former co-star Lea Michele for making the experience of working on the show a "living hell" for her due to "traumatic microaggressions". Ware lamented her co-star while replying to a tweet from Michele in support of Black Lives Matter movement, which has enraged in the US after the death of George Floyd, reports variety.com.
"George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter," Michele had tweeted.
To which, Ware responded: "LMAO. Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?! Cause I'll never forget. I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s**t in my wig!' amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood."
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
Glee cast members, including Alex Newell, Amber Riley and Dabier Snell, also reacted to the accusations, showing support for Ware.
Now, Lea has apologized to Samantha and said she does not remember saying the particular statement. "What matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people," Michele said in a statement posted on Instagram. "One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people's perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face."
"When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time," Michele continued. "But the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them."
Michele said she doesn't remember "ever making this specific statement."
Ware had a guest recurring role as Jane Hayward in the sixth season of Glee in 2015. It was her first TV role, and she went on to appear in What/If, Chicago Med and God Friended Me.