Lea Michele’s former co-star Gerard Canonico calls her ‘nothing but a nightmare’

Former Glee star Lea Michele

has been slammed a former co-star from Spring Awakening.

Actor Gerard Canonico, 30, starred in the hit Broadway rock musical opposite Michele, 33, and has now waded into the current wave of criticism that is befalling the actress.

The actress posted a statement today in response to claims from former Glee co-star Samantha Marie Ware that she made her time on the show “a living hell”.

In the statement, Lea 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…

Lea Michele has been accused of being a “nightmare” to work with by a former co-star
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“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.”

However, her apology did not sit well with Canonico, who also revealed his own issues with her behaviour when they worked together.

Gerard Canonico took issue with Lea Michele’s response to recent criticism
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Director Michael Mayer, Brian Charles Rooney, Lea Michele,John Gallagher Jr., Gerard Canonico and Phoebe Strole (who all starred in “Spring Awakening”) pose backstage at the hit new musical “American Idiot”
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He commented on the post: “Seems to have been deleted. So I will try again.

“You were nothing but a nightmare to me and fellow understudy cast members.

“You made us feel like we didn’t belong there.

“I tried for years to be nice to you to no avail.”

Canonico also slammed Michele’s statement which he did not see as a genuine apology.

Sandra Oh visiting the Spring Awakening cast, including Michele (centre) and Canonico (right, back)
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He added: “Maybe actually apologize instead of placing the blame on how others ‘perceive’ you. You’ll probably just delete this though.”

However, the actor also came in for criticism himself when one Instagram user replied to his comment.

They wrote: “or you could let WoC (women of colour) speak and not make it about yourself.”

Gerard himself then apologised for his comment, writing: “Apologies. Not my intention to steer from that cause. Just speaking on my own personal experience. But you’re right!”

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