Lea Michele Tried To Apologise To Her 'Glee' Costars Who Accused Her Of Racist Microaggressions

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Lea Michele has broken her silence on the accusations her former Glee cast members made of her making racist micro aggressions toward them and bullying them.

Glee co-star Samantha Ware responded to Michele’s Black Lives Matter tweet yesterday, writing, "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…" Ware appeared in several episodes during Glee’s final season with Michele in 2015.

Several of Michele’s other co-stars chimed in and showed their support of Ware. Alex Newell, who played Unique Adams on Glee, wrote, "I’m gonna say this one time... when my friends goes through something traumatic I also go through it... that’s what friendship is... and if you can’t understand that then you’re part of the problem... and that’s on PERIODT! And I mean that for both sides of this coin!"

Amber Riley, who played Mercedes Jones throughout the series, posted two telling gifs on her Twitter.

Melissa Benoist, who played Marley Rose in the fourth and fifth season of the show, liked multiple tweets about Michele’s bullying, including Ware's original post.

Michele did not make a statement until this morning. At that point, HelloFresh had ended its sponsorship deal with her. The company wrote on Twitter, "HelloFresh 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."

Michelle posted her statement early today, claiming she didn’t remember the remarks Ware tweeted about and that she has "never judged others by their background or colour of their skin." Still, she apologised for her behaviour and vowed to do better, writing:

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 posed 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 listen 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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