Lea Michele accused of making life 'a living hell' for 'Glee' co-star

Actress Samantha Marie Ware alleges that the star was responsible for a number of “traumatic microaggressions” toward her on the set of the hit show.
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Actress Samantha Marie Ware says Lea Michele made her life “a living hell” on the set of “Glee.”Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images

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By Ree Hines

Lea Michele recently took to social media, like so many stars and non-celebrities alike, to speak out about the death of George Floyd in police custody and to speak in support of Black Lives Matter.

But, while her tweet was well received by some, it wasn’t welcomed by a former “Glee” co-star, who explained that Michele never made her feel that her life mattered on the set of the hit musical dramedy.

“George Floyd did not deserve this,” Michele’s message read. “This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter”

The actress-singer posted that on Friday, and by Monday night, Samantha Marie Ware, who had a recurring role in “Glee’s” sixth season, offered a blunt response to it.

"LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET,” Ware wrote in a caps-lock reply. “I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD ‘SH-- IN MY WIG!’ AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD...”

Actress Samantha Marie Ware responded to Lea Michele's tweet Monday night.Charley Gallay / Getty Images

Michele didn’t respond to the allegation on Twitter, nor did she respond by the time of publication when TODAY reached out on the topic Tuesday. But others on Twitter did chime in with their own takes on the claim — including black actors who also worked alongside Michele on the Ryan Murphy-made series.

Dabier Snell, who guest-starred on a 2014 episode of the show, tweeted, “GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE 'I DIDNT BELONG THERE' F--- YOU LEA.”

And Alex Newell, who played the part of transgender teen Unique Adams and shared many scenes with Michele over the course of the series, tweeted the “Get her, Jade” meme from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” as a direct reply to Ware.

Amber Riley, who, as Mercedes Jones, was one of standout talents through all six seasons of “Glee” shared a couple of tweets of her own after Ware’s post, and while she didn’t mention either Ware or Michele by name, many fans on social media thought her GIFs spoke for themselves.

Michele starred as Rachel Berry on the series, a role which earned her an Emmy nomination and two Golden Globe nominations during its run. TODAY reached out to Michele's rep for comment and did not immediately hear back.