Craig Ramsay, the Broadway actor who co-starred with Michele in Fiddler on the Roof in the early 2000s, described Michele as a “despicable human being”.
Speaking on the Behind the Velvet Rope with David Yontef podcast, Ramsay also claimed that Michele was “one of the most entitled people” he had ever met.
“I just didn’t want to hear Lea Michele’s name in this interview – at all,” he said. “I think she’s a despicable, horrible human being.”
“I think she has lost touch with reality,” he added.
Ramsay claimed to have been in the room when Michele was told she had been cast in Ryan Murphy’s hit musical TV series, saying that “she was possessed with this”.
The actor is one of several people to have recently criticised Michele, beginning with Glee actor Samantha Ware, who claimed that Lea “made her life a living hell”.
After Ware’s statement was made public, Michele released a statement about her behaviour on Instagram, writing: “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.”
Trans model Plastic Martyr also recently alleged that Michele made her feel like a “circus freak”, while she was transitioning.
The Independent has contacted Michele’s reps for comment.