Lea Michele ‘lookalike’ Monica Moskatow claims actress allegedly called her ‘ugly’ at Glee party… and was comforted by Cory Monteith
- Monica Moskatow claims she was hired in September 2009 to play Lea Michele’s character Rachel Berry at a premiere party for Glee
- She claims Michele called her ‘ugly’ and that she was later comforted by Michele’s boyfriend co-star Cory Montieth
- Monteith played Finn Hudson on the show, and tragically died in 2013 after an accidental overdose
- Michele has been receiving accusations of bad behavior after co-star Samantha Ware called her out earlier this week
- The actress has also had support from other co-stars including actors Dean Geye and Iqbal Theba
An actress that was hired as a ‘lookalike’ for Lea Michele on Glee has claimed that the embattled star called her ‘ugly’ and she was later comforted by the late Cory Montieth after the alleged incident took place.
Monica Moskatow claims that in September 2009 she was ‘hired to work at the premiere party for Glee at a high school’ and she was chosen to play Michele’s character Rachel Berry to perform at a premiere party.
‘I didn’t know my character was the lead let alone who played her,’ Moskatow alleged in an Instagram comment under Michele’s apology post on Thursday, first reported by UsWeekly.
New claims: Lea Michele ‘lookalike’ Monica Moskatow claims Cory Monteith comforted her after the actress allegedly called her ‘ugly’ at Glee party
‘When the actors arrived at the event and found out there were lookalikes of them Lea came searching for me. When she saw me she said, ‘oh my god! Could they have picked someone uglier!'”
Cory Monteith – who played Finn Hudson on the show, and tragically died in 2013 after an accidental overdose – is said to have comforted the actress.
Moskatow wrote that Monteith ‘saw the look on my face and said, ‘don’t listen to her she’s just jealous, you’re beautiful.’ Adding: ‘I never forgot that.’
Couple: Cory Montieth and Lea Michele started dating after meeting on the set of Glee, and continued their relationship right up to his death
Monteith and Michele began dating after meeting on set of the hit show, and were still together until he died, the actress would later get a ‘Finn’ tattoo in tribute to the star.
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The pregnant star apologised for her behavior on Wednesday, and said she has ‘never judged others by their background or color of their skin’, but insisted she will learn from the mistakes she has made so she ‘can be a real role model for my child’ when she gives birth in a couple of months.
The bullying allegations came to light after Michele took to social media last Friday to pay tribute to George Floyd, writing: ‘George Floyd did not deserve this. This was not an isolated incident and it must end’ she wrote.
Actress Monica Moskatow made the comments on Thursday which were seen by UsWeekly
Tough times: Lea played the role of Rachel Berry (back row) on the show’s six seasons, getting nominated for an Emmy and two Golden Globe awards with the part
Samantha Ware, who appeared as Jane Hayward on the show’s sixth season in 2015, scolded Michele earlier this week, saying: ‘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.’
Other stars including Amber Riley have also spoken out against Lea, who was recently dropped by the company Hello Fresh over the controversy.
The Voice star Jordan Pruitt chimed in on Friday, tweeting: ‘Everyone in Hollywood KNOWS that Lea Michele is a horrible human being …. she is a B**** to everyone. We all know it … yawn. Moving on …’
However, Michele has also received support from Dean Geye – who played her boyfriend on Glee for one season saying she was always ‘professional’ and ‘welcoming’
Glee’s Iqbal Theba said he was not mistreated by Michele and former Glee producer Marti Noxon has also stuck up for her.
All the stars that have spoken out against Lea Michele
Glee actress Samantha re-ignited rumors of Lea Michele’s alleged bad behavior on-set, when she responded to Michele’s post regarding the death of George Floyd earlier this week. Ware, 33, said: ‘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.’
Kicking off: Samantha Ware made claims about Lea Michele earlier this week.
Alex – who starred as Unique Adams on series for four seasons – promptly aired his feelings on Twitter. ‘We ain’t got not a damn thing to lie about 6 years later!’ he replied to one fan who suggested they were making false accusations about Michele’s behavior.
Actor Dabier Snell, who appeared in one episode of Glee, claimed he wasn’t allowed to sit with Michele on set, saying: ‘GIRL YOU WOULDNT LET ME SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THE OTHER CAST MEMBERS CAUSE ‘I DIDNT BELONG THERE’ F–K YOU LEA.’
Bad memories: Lea on Glee with Chris Colfer and Heather Morris
Morris, 33, who played cheerleader Brittany S. Pierce on the Ryan Murphy show, claims Michele was ‘very’ unpleasant to work with, saying: ”Was she unpleasant to work with? Very much so; for Lea to treat others with the disrespect that she did for as long as she did, I believe she SHOULD be called out.’
Supergirl star Melissa Benoist, who appeared on Glee with Lea Michele, liked a series of posts describing star’s bullying and abusive behavior toward castmates. Benoist appeared on Glee’s fourth season playing a character named Marley Rose. She sang a duet with Michele on the series. She also pressed the heart button on tweets from Glee’s Alex Newell and Amber Riley that essentially endorsed the spirit of Ware’s sentiments
Riley, who played Mercedes Jones in the through all six seasons, shared two GIFs of herself following the allegations, one raising her hand, while the other sipping tea. The response caused a stir among fans who saw it as a subtle way of the actress chiming in. Later, she made clear she wasn’t focused on the controversy amid the turbulent times of social unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, and would only speak on the topic once while appearing on Instagram Live. She said, ‘I don’t give a s*** about this Lea Michele thing – I really don’t give a f*** … people are out here dying and being murdered by police. I don’t give a s*** about this Lea Michele thing – I wish her well, I hope she has an amazing pregnancy, I hope that she has grown.’
RHONY’s Aviva Drescher
Even Real Housewives of New York star Aviva Drescher had a story to tell, commenting: ‘You were once very unkind to me so I am not surprised by your behavior. You shouldn’t judge others before looking in the mirror.’ Michele made disparaging remarks about Drescher during an episode of Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live.
Awkward: Lea slated Aviva on a 2014 appearance on Watch What Happens Live!
Scream Queens actress Breslin, 24, was another former co-star who was caught ‘liking’ a smattering of tweets about the controversy. Including one that read: “not everyone agreeing that something felt off about Lea Michele… where have y’all been i’ve BEEN saying this FOR YEARS??? i thought i was alone.’
Yvette Nicole Brown
Actress Yvette Nicole Brown also gave her support to Ware. ‘I felt every one of those capital letters,’ the Community actress tweeted ‘EVERY person on a set matters. EVERY person on a set deserves respect. And it is the RESPONSIBILITY of every series regular to make EVERY person who visits their home feel welcome. This dismissive attitude is what’s wrong in Hollywood AND the world.’
The Mayor actor reacted to an array of replies to Ware’s initial tweet, including one directly asking Yvette Nicole Brown: ‘I assume u feel the same since u worked with her?’
Under fire: Lea Michele in
Broadway actor Gerard Canonico, 30, was an understudy in the original Broadway cast of Spring Awakening starring Michele and her BFF Jonathan Groff. ‘You were nothing but a nightmare to me and fellow understudy cast members. You made us feel like we didn’t belong there,’ Canonico wrote in a comment on her Instagram apology, which he had re-posted after claiming it had initially been deleted.
Actress Elizabeth Aldrich – who was Michele’s understudy in Ragtime – claimed on Twitter: ‘She was absolutely awful to me and ensemble. She demeaned the crew and threatened to have people fired if she was in anyway displeased. I used to cry every night from the mean and manipulative things she would do. She was 12. She was terrifying.’
Glee co-star Iqbal Theba said he was not mistreated by the star and took to Twitter to write: ‘Lot of people r assuming that @LeaMichele mistreated me. Let me state it clearly that I was never mistreated by her. And if some of the cast were treated badly then she has apologized for it which is wonderful. But being called a racist is too heavy & unfair a burden 4 most of us, specially in these troubled times.’
Trans model Plastic recalled an incident with Lea in the women’s bathroom at the 2010 Emmy Awards. She told The Sun: ‘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”. I went from feeling like I was on cloud nine to feeling like a circus freak.’
Dean Geyer – who played Brody Weston, the boyfriend of Michele’s character Rachel Berry, for 14 episodes – had nothing but nice things to say about her. ‘Lea is still one of my favourite co-stars that I have had the pleasure of working with. She is extremely hard working and super fun to be around,’ he said.
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