Ryan Murphy returned fire after claims were made declaring that he was not living up to the promises he made to Naya Rivera‘s young son, Josey. The promises were allegedly made following the tragic death of the Glee star.
Naya’s father, George Rivera, tweeted several critical things on Tuesday suggesting that the show’s creator, Murphy, did not reach out to the family and has not followed up on his commitment to set up a college fund for Josey.
Naya River’s father, George Rivera tweeted several critical tweets about Ryan Murphy and his commitment to the Rivera family.
George responded to a fan’s tweet (from July) about Murphy and fellow Glee creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan following Naya’s death. “Everyone needs to know what Ryan Murphy really did … or didn’t do !!! I’m about to blow up this story …. and make sure he’s knows that I know ….” George wrote.
In another tweet on Tuesday, George elaborated, “When you are part of the Hollywood elite, some people treat others as they are ‘less than’ …. vocalize a good game , but it’s as shallow as the sets on stage , that they create. Promises made in public, only to fade with time and excuses …. even in a unexplainable tragedy …”
“Broken Promises….. fake outrage …. hollow gestures ….. no phone call,” he wrote in another tweet.
A fan asked, “did they never open the trust fund for josey ? omg.” to which George responded, “Hahaaaa.”
An hour after George had fired off the tweets, Murphy responded, emphasizing his commitment to the Rivera family by creating a college fund.
“Myself, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan have committed to create a college fund for Naya Rivera’s child Josey through the Naya Rivera Estate Trust,” Murphy wrote. “We have been in repeated conversations with the appropriate executors of her estate.”
Naya rented a pontoon boat with Josey at a Southern California lake on July 8. When the boat was past due for return after its three-hour rental, the staff at Lake Piru discovered the vessel at the north side of the lake. Hidden aboard was the star’s sleeping son.
Rivera’s body was found five days later. Her cause of death was ruled a drowning and the method of death was concluded to be an accident. Authorities believe Rivera died saving Josey.
Following confirmation the actor had died in the accident, Murphy, Falchuk, and Brennan expressed their grief in a joint statement.
“We are heartbroken over the loss of our friend Naya Rivera. Naya wasn’t a series regular when we cast her on Glee. She didn’t have more than a few lines in the pilot. But it didn’t take more than an episode or two for us to realize that we had lucked into finding one of the most talented, special stars we would ever have the pleasure of working with,” the trio wrote in a statement at the time.
“Naya could act, she could dance and she could sing (could she ever sing!). She could nail a joke as well as she could crush you with an emotional scene. She could move between being scary tough and deeply vulnerable with ease. She was a joy to write for, a joy to direct and a joy to be around.”
“She was warm and caring and fiercely protective of the rest of the cast. She was tough and demanding. She was fun. She was kind. She was generous,” they added, in part. “There were ups and downs during the wonderful and stressful years we spent making Glee. We disagreed, we fought, we made up, then we fought some more, and then we made up again. The kinds of things that happen in a family. Naya was more than just an actor on our show – she was our friend.”
“Our hearts go out to her family, especially her mom Yolanda, who was big part of the Glee family and her son Josey. The three of us are currently in the process of creating a college fund for the beautiful son Naya loved most of all,” the statement concluded.
We do hope that Murphy, Falchuk, and Brennan are indeed working to secure the college fund they promised for Josey. The 5-year-old child has been cared for by Naya’s ex, Ryan Dorsey, her passing. So, maybe arrangements have been made with him.
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