Lea Michele 'burped in my face', 'stomped on my foot' says Glee extra Imia Edwards

Lea Michele 'burped in my face', 'stomped on my foot' says Glee extra Imia Edwards
Photo credit: Instagram/Lea Michele, Instagram/Imia Edwards

Fresh allegations against Glee star Lea Michele claim she burped in the face and stomped on the foot of an African American background actor. 

Michele's tweet in support of the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this week prompted backlash from multiple people of colour who said they'd been bullied by her in a work environment. 

Speaking to The Sun, Imia Edwards joins a chorus of voices speaking out, claiming she was made to feel "like nothing" by Michele. 

"I've never really seen anyone treat extras like that, to that level of 'Ugh, don't look at me, don't make eye contact, ugh cockroaches, there they are'," Edwards said. 

During filming of season six of Glee, Edwards said she was subject to Michele's mistreatment in between takes. 

"She walked by me and burped in my face, this loud burp, directly almost face-to-face. It wasn't even like, 'oh she wouldn't have known...' she knew she burped in my face!," Edwards said. 

"Two other people saw it and an operator said, 'Oh my God, I'm so sorry she did that.' 

"[After] the second or third take she walked by me and stepped on my foot really hard. 

"It made me feel like I was nothing, even if she just said in a half-assed kind of way like: 'Oh, I'm sorry,' but no."

Edwards was reluctant to definitively call Michele's actions racist, but said she couldn't rule it out. 

"That's heavy, I don't really like to pull that card [but] if she is racist then she should be called out," she said. 

"She did treat me like I was nothing, like I wasn't even worth making eye contact with, so maybe." 

Edwards account seemingly corroborates several other claims by extras who claimed Michele referred to them as "cockroaches". 

After the first wave of allegations, Michele penned an apology on Instagram, claiming she "didn't remember" threatening to defecate in the wig of Samantha Ware, who was the first to publicly call her out. 

Michele said she had never judged anyone based on the colour of their skin, but admitted she had "acted in ways that had clearly hurt people". 

The apology was slammed as "narcissistic" and "disingenuous" by some and prompted more actors to come forward with accounts of being victimised by Michele.