Glee star Samantha Marie Ware has accused Lea Michele of bullying her during her time on the show.
The 27-year-old actress – who played Jane Hayward in season six of the hit musical series – was responding to Michele’s Twitter tribute to George Floyd among the Black Lives Matter protests that have swept the world.
Ware tweeted: “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 microaggression 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
The What/If star was responded to Michele’s tribute to 46-year-old George Floyd, who suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by Minneapolis police.
A post-mortem examination has revealed Floyd died by asphyxia and a video released shows ex-police officer Derek Chauvin crushing his neck by kneeling on it.
Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter - sparking a series of protests across the US. Three other officers have been fired.
George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) May 29, 2020
Michele, 33, tweeted: “George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter.”
The actress – who last month confirmed she is expecting her first child with husband Zandy Reich – made her name starring as Rachel Berry in Glee which ran for six seasons from 2009 to 2015.
She has not responded to Ware’s accusations.
George Floyd’s death has triggered a series of peaceful protests in the Black Lives Matter movement, which have in turn triggered riots in some US cities. Many stars are planning to take part in a social media blackout in tribute to Floyd.
Ware most recently starred opposite Renee Zellweger in Netflix series What/If.
Michele married businessman Reich in March last year.
During her time starring in Glee she dated co-star Cory Monteith from 2012 until his tragic death from a drug overdose aged 31 in 2013.