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Lea Michele Breaks Her Silence on Samantha Ware’s Allegations, Issues Lengthy Non-Apology

Lea Michele Breaks Her Silence on Samantha Ware’s Allegations, Issues Lengthy Non-Apology

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Lea Michele has broken her silence after accusations of making “traumatic microaggressions” toward her former Glee castmates went viral and lost her a sponsorship.

“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,” Michele, 33, wrote in an Instagram post shared Wednesday morning (June 03, 2020).

Samantha Ware, who appeared in the final season of the musical high school drama, called out Michele after the singer and actress tweeted using the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag over the weekend.

“REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?!” Ware wrote. “CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD “(expletive) IN MY WIG!” AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD.”

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Amber Riley, who played Mercedes Jones, shared GIFs of herself raising her hand and sipping tea without making any specific comments.

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Lea Michele attends the Family Equality Los Angeles Impact Awards 2019 at a Private Residence on October 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images for Family Equality)

Alex Newell, who played Unique Adams, followed suit with a GIF of RuPaul using a pair of binoculars.

Yvette Nicole Brown, who starred alongside Michele in the 2017 ABC sitcom The Mayor, responded to Ware’s tweet that she “felt every one of those capital letters.”

The backlash caused Meal kit delivery service Hello Fresh to end its partnership with her “effective immediately.”

“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,” Michele continued in her statement.

Michele denied having any recollection of “ever making this specific statement” and said she “never judged others by their background or color of their skin.”

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Lea Michele attends the 2019 Pre-Emmy Party hosted by Entertainment Weekly and L’Oreal Paris at Sunset Tower Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, September 20, 2019. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

“That’s not really the point,” she added. “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 my own shortcomings.”

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READ MORE: Actress Samantha Marie Ware Says Lea Michele Made Working on ‘Glee’ a Living Hell

The actress, who announced last month she and husband Zandy Reich were expecting their first child, vowed to “keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions” to be a better role model for her baby.

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Lea Michele attends The Hollywood Reporter’s Empowerment In Entertainment Event 2019 at Milk Studios on April 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Getty Images)

“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,” she wrote.



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