Lea Michele (left) has broken her silence following accusations of her bullying a Black co-star on the set of Fox TV's Glee.
Allegations about Lea's behavior while filming the U.S. TV program have been swirling for years, with Naya Rivera detailing her unpleasant experiences with the actress in her 2016 book Sorry Not Sorry.
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And when Lea tweeted her support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers, her former co-star Samantha Ware hit back by accusing the screen star of making her life a "living hell" when she bullied her on set, and alleged Lea even threatened to "s**t in her wig".
In her initial tweet, Ware wrote:
"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*** in my wig!' amongst other traumatic microaggressions that made me question a career in Hollywood."
Following Samantha's tweet, numerous Glee stars came forward to validate her story, with Dabier Snell and Alex Newell backing up her claims, while Amber Riley and Melissa Benoist both weighed in by "liking" tweets about the scandal.
The controversy prompted Ariana Grande and Keke Palmer to unfollow the actress on social media, and on Tuesday, brand HelloFresh cut ties with the mom-to-be as a celebrity sponsor, stating: "HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind."
Now Lea, who is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich, has broken her silence about the claims in a statement to People magazine.
"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."
'Glee' star Amber Riley and her dance partner Derek Hough won the coveted championship trophy during the Dancing With The Stars Finale on Tuesday. Riley's surprising footwork and her inspiring enthusiasm helped boost the season 17 ratings 17%, according to USA Today.
Riley said she had no hopes of even making it through to the final round when the season began.
"When I first started, I just didn't think there was any way that I could win. It wasn't a thought for me. It was just like, 'Go and do your best, do your best,' " she said after Tuesday's finale. "With every week, I kind of wanted it a little bit more and toward the end, I was just like, 'Man, it's actually possible. I'm in the finals.' Getting through to the end was a reward in itself, but the trophy was the cherry on top."
Watch Amber Riley and Derek Hough's Samba and Quickstep (Fusion) dance after the break.
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From the mouths of babes. A 14-year-old radio talk show host is blasting homosexuality as a choice people make. Dismissing the much totuted theory that some babies are born gay, Caiden Cowger says says "people are not born gay no matter what Lady Gaga says."
Calling homosexuality "sickening," Cowger blamed President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for "indoctrinating" teens and "encouraging" them to be gay. "We've got about 30 teenagers in this county.. that are homosexuals," says Cowger.
The teenager criticized the president for supporting gay marriage. He made the controversial statements during his radio show.
I don't watch much TV but I decided to watch the Glee premiere on Fox TV last night since everyone was talking about it. I must have missed something because the show seems like all the other Fame rip-offs that are so popular on TV nowadays. I was not impressed with Amber Riley (the black Beyonce) who was cast as just another neck rolling, big guhl with big attitude and big lungs.