Lea Michele Apologizes After Black Actress Samantha Ware Accuses Her of Bad Behavior On Set: ‘I will be better’

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Lea Michele at the People's Choice Awards 2013 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. January 9, 2013 Los Angeles, CA Picture: Paul Smith (Editorial credit: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com)

Actress Lea Michele is responding to the accusation she made a Black Glee co-star, Samantha Ware, life a “living hell” in 2015.

On Wednesday morning, Michele shared a statement on Instagram responding to actress Samantha Ware’s claim. She did not respond to Ware directly, nor did she address the fact she lost her HelloFresh deal over Ware’s allegation.

“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,” Michele wrote. “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,” referring to her tweet, posted on May 29, addressing the death of George Floyd and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

She 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.”

“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,” Michele continued. “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.”

Michele concluded by writing, “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.”

 

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This news comes after Ware retweeted Michele’s post about Floyd and wrote about the actress, who played Rachel Berry, made her “first television gig a living hell.” Ware claimed Michele told members of the show she would s—in Ware’s wig if she had the opportunity among “other traumatic micro aggressions that made her question her career in Hollywood.” Ware had joined the cast in 2015, the final season of the show, to play Jane Hayward. 

HelloFresh, a meal kit delivery service, immediately ended its deal with Michele, posting on Twitter the brand “does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele. We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.”

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