Lea Michele has gotten a slight reprieve from one of her Glee co-stars. Iqbal Theba, who played Principal Figgins on the Ryan Murphy series, took to Twitter on Wednesday to defend Michele, who starred as Rachel Berry on the show.
"Lot of people r assuming that @LeaMichele mistreated me. Let me state it clearly that I was never mistreated by her," he wrote. "And if some of the cast were treated badly then she has apologized for it which is wonderful."
Theba went on to warn his followers about the dangers of jumping to labels and conclusions in these situations.
"Being called a racist is too heavy & unfair a burden 4 most of us, specially in these troubled times," he continued. "So, please be compassionate, careful & responsible before we accuse anyone of this horrible thing called racism. I love each & everyone of my fellow cast members from our great show @OfficialGLEEtv Be safe & be well. Much love."
2/2 of us, specially in these troubled times. So, please be compassionate, careful & responsible before we accuse anyone of this horrible thing called racism. I love each & everyone of my fellow cast members from our great show @OfficialGLEEtv Be safe & be well. Much love ❤️— iqbal theba (@iqbaltheba) June 4, 2020
Michele was originally called out after posting a tweet in support of the Black Lives Matter movement last week. Her co-star, Samantha Marie Ware, replied to the tweet, writing, "LMAO, 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**T IN MY WIG!' AMONG OTHER TRAUMATIC MICRO AGGRESSIONS THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD..."
This prompted several other Glee stars to call Michele out for her behavior during the show. She has since issued an apology, writing in part, "While I don't remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that's not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people."
Theba isn't the only Glee star to defend Michele. Dean Geyer, who played her on-screen boyfriend on the series, Brody Weston, told the Daily Mail that Michele was the "most welcoming" cast member to him.