Claims of Lea Michele’s bullying is the latest scandal to plague the show Glee, which include a child porn bombshell and several untimely deaths.
The Glee curse has made its way to centre stage yet again, after reports its leading lady Lea Michele made life a “living hell” on set.
The 33-year-old actress played the show’s anchor, Rachel Berry, the bubbly girl next door with a powerhouse voice, propelling Michele to superstardom since the show aired in 2009.
But yesterday her image came crumbling down with one tweet.
Samantha Ware, who played Jane Hayward on the musical series for its sixth season in 2015, responded to a tweet written by Michele amid the riots in the US after George Floyd’s death at the hands of police.
Michele wrote, “George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter.”
In a shocking response to the tweet, Ware publicly confronted Michele, alleging she made her time on the show a “living hell”.
In her all-caps response to Michele’s tweet, Ware wrote that she would “never forget” the “traumatic microagressions” she claims to have received from Michele – including a shocking allegation that Michele had “told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s**t in my wig!’”
Ware, 28, was quickly backed by other Glee cast members by central cast members Alex Newell (who played Unique Adams) and Amber Riley (who played Mercedes Jones), who weighed in with not-so-cryptic responses.
Food company Hello Fresh almost immediately dropped Michele as an ambassador of the brand, putting out a statement that read: “HelloFresh does not condone racism nor discrimination of any kind. We are disheartened and disappointed to learn of the recent claims concerning Lea Michele,” the company tweeted from its official account. “We take this very seriously, and have ended our partnership with Lea Michele, effective immediately.”
It came only two weeks after Michele posted about the brand.
Given she was the standout superstar of the show, it would be almost impossible to watch Glee under the same lens.
But it’s certainly not the first time the show has been plagued by controversy and scandal, earning it the title of the “Glee curse”.
CORY MONTEITH’S DRUG OVERDOSE
Corey Monteith played Finn Hudson, the wholesome, much-loved quarterback and star of the Glee Club.
The Canadian actor, who scored the role when he was 27, became a household name and his fame only skyrocketed further when he began dating his on-screen girlfriend, Michele.
But in 2013, at the age of 31, his life was cut tragically short.
Monteith was found dead and alone in a hotel room after taking a fatal mix of heroin and alcohol – and from there, his sad history of drug abuse began to unravel.
The late TV star had reportedly been fighting a losing battle against addiction since he was a schoolboy, having begun using drugs at the age of just 13.
According to the documentary Autopsy: Corey Monteith, he dropped out of school at 16 after stealing from relatives to fund his addiction, and checked into rehab for the first time at 19.
Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy would later reveal that the cast and crew held an intervention for him on the Paramount lot, prompting another stint in rehab in March and April 2013.
Just three months later, his body was found alongside a hypodermic needle, spoon and two empty bottles of champagne.
Two months later, a then 26-year-old Michele made a tearful speech at the Teen Choice Awards, where she won Choice TV Actress: Comedy and dedicated it to Monteith.
“I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory. For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that with your love we’re going to get through this together.
“He was very special to me and also to the world. We were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile and his beautiful, beautiful heart.”
MARK SALLING’S CHILD PORN CHARGES
Mark Salling, who played endearing bad boy Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman, was found after he died of an apparent suicide near his home in Los Angeles at the age of 35 in January 2018.
Fans all over the world were left reeling when news broke of Salling’s arrest in late 2015. An ex-girlfriend tipped off authorities, who discovered more than 50,000 explicit photos and videos of children on his laptop and another 4000 on a flash drive.
The star was originally facing up to 20 years behind bars, but after taking a plea deal, was looking at spending four to seven years in jail.
But he took his own life only weeks before he was due to be sentenced.
Fellow Glee star Naya Rivera, who briefly dated Salling, opened up about his child porn charges in her 2016 tell-all book Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes & Growing Up, writing: “My son’s nanny actually told me about it when the story broke. I can’t say I was totally shocked, but still – WTF? Then I had no doubt that God really did have my back along the way.
“When Mark dumped me, I thought it was the worst thing ever, but can you imagine if that didn’t happen? And I was laying there in bed when the battering ram came through the door?,” she added.
CO-STARS TURN ON LEA MICHELE
Ware started an epic pile-on with this tweet yesterday.