Transgender model Plastic Martyr has spoken on a horrible encounter with Glee star Lea Michele at the 2010 Emmys.
Lea, best known for playing Rachel Berry on the hit show, is facing a number of accusations of racist behaviour and bullying after she Tweeted a message of support for George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement over the weekend.
The 33-year-old’s message sparked fury with a number of her former her colleagues and other stars – prompting them to come forward to reveal their own terrible experiences with the former Broadway star.
Now, Plastic has reflected on the nasty moment when Lea left her “feeling like a circus freak” after she mocked her using the women’s toilets at the prestigious TV event ten-years-ago.
Plastic explained that she was using the WC and when she went to use the sink “mean girl” Lea stood there and blocked her as she tried to reach some soap or hand towels.
“I was just trying to get out of there.
“I said, ‘Excuse me,’ and she’s standing there blocking my reach.
“She goes, ‘Excuse me?’ and she looks at her friends, looks at me again, and says, ‘Excuse you, you’re in the woman’s bathroom.'”
She claimed: “I was in the bathroom, I don’t know her at all, I just recognized her, and I’m washing my hands and I went to reach for the soap or the paper towels.
The model shared that other women using the facilities were made to feel uncomfortable by Lea’s nasty words and that she went from “feeling on cloud nine to feeling like a circus freak.”
Plastic added, during a chat with The Sun, that she was mid-transition – which she said Lea would have noticed, as she shared: “I was passable, but not as passable. I hadn’t had any surgery yet and was still undergoing laser treatment. She knew.”
Plastic’s accusations come after Lea enraged a number of her former co-workers when she took to Twitter on Saturday to pen: “George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end. #BlackLivesMatter.”
Her former Glee co-star Samantha Marie Ware was the first person to call out Lea for her own behaviour and accused her of hypocrisy.
Samantha, who starred in 11 episodes of Glee in 2015, playing a character named Jane Hayward, hit out at Lea on Monday to blast the actress for unkind behaviour – and claims she was almost driven out of Hollywood herself due to the abuse she claims she suffered.
Replying on Twitter, Samantha, 28, wrote: “Remember when you made my first television gig a living hell?!?! Cause I’ll never forget.
“I believe you told everyone that if you had the opportunity you would ‘s*** in my wig!’ amongst other traumatic microaggressions. That made me question a career in Hollywood…”
Following the backlash Lea, who has since been dropped as the face of Hello Fresh in wake of the Tweets, addressed the allegations on Wednesday and apologised to Samantha.
She wrote: “While I don’t remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or colour 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 apologise for my behaviour and for any pain which I have caused.
“We can all grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings.”
Following this a number of other Glee stars took to the social media site to share the horrible encounters they experienced with Lea.
Among the stars claiming Lea is unpleasant and rude are Dabier Snell, Alex Newell, Heather Morris and Gerard Canonico.
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