'Glee' gal Lea Michele apologizes to photographer for alleged red carpet diss
"Glee" actress Lea Michele has taken to Twitter to clear up some diva drama -- the star addressed a week-old rumor that she was rude to longtime party photographer Patrick McMullan upon arrival at the Time 100 party May 3 in New York."Big apology to @PatrickMcMullan," she wrote Monday afternoon. "Totally didn’t expect you (or anyone) @Time 100 to know who I was w/all the amazin people there."
Reports from the party in New York last week said Michele was peeved with McMullan for not recognizing her face, and gave him false names (Sarah Palin and Taylor Swift) when asked how to identify her in photos.
E! Online columnist Ted Casablanca on Monday morning published an interview with McMullen, who gave his take on meeting Michele.
"Everything that's in that story is true, Lea giving me the fake names," McMullan said, clarifying that rather than cussing out the actress as was rumored, he'd said, "Forget about it."
Michele came in with a second tweet Monday saying she "made a silly joke that didn’t go over, so sorry. It was such an incredible night and I was beyond honored and thrilled to be there."
McMullan also told E! that if (and inevitably when) he runs into the star again, he'd say, "Hey, I owe you a [cussing out]."
Given her tweets, maybe he'll reconsider -- and you never know, the "Glee" kids might need a house photographer for regionals.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Lea Michele on the Time 100 red carpet in New York on May 3, 2010. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press.