Samantha Ware Accused Lea Michele Of Bullying Her On 'Glee' & Her Castmates Co-Signed
Fans have missed Glee ever since it went off the air in 2015, but not everyone has the fondest memories of the show. Actor Samantha Ware, who appeared in the sixth and final season of Glee as Jane Hayward, accused castmate Lea Michele of bullying her on set. The musical drama was her first TV gig, and Ware said being on the show was "traumatic" for her as a result. Elite Daily reached out to Michele's rep for comment but did not hear back. But when Samantha Ware accused Lea Michele of bullying her on Glee, she received the support of some of her fellow Glee castmates.
Ware shared her experience after Michele posted a tweet on May 30 speaking out about the senseless police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25. "George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter," she wrote.
However, Ware seemingly questioned the authenticity of the tweet given her past experience working with the actor. “Lmao remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?! Cause I’ll never forget," Ware responded. "I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘sh*t in my wig!’ amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood."
You can read Ware's tweet below.
After seeing Ware's tweet, other Glee cast members showed their support.
Dabier Snell, who made an appearance on the fifth season of Glee, shared a similar experience working with Michele, writing, "Girl you wouldn't let me sit at the table with the other cast members cause 'I didn't belong there' f*ck you Lea."
Alex Newell, who played Unique Adams from 2012 to 2015 on Glee, reacted with a GIF that said "get her," and reminded fans who think they're lying about their experiences that they have nothing to lie about now that Glee is no longer filming.
Amber Riley, who played Mercedes Jones on the show, sipped some tea, seemingly in support of Ware's experience.
On June 3, Michele responded to the claims made by her co-stars in an Instagram post, apologizing for her behavior and pledging to be a better role model for her future child.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Editor's Note: This post has been updated to include Lea Michele's statement in response to her former castmates' claims.
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