Naya Rivera’s father asks fans to leave Ryan Murphy alone amid dispute over son’s college fund

Murphy recently issued a statement stating that he was ‘committed’ to financing late actor’s son’s education

Annabel Nugent
Friday 12 March 2021 10:11
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Glee cast hold hands beside the lake where Naya Rivera died

Naya Rivera’s father has called on fans to leave Ryan Murphy alone after he suggested that the showrunner broke his promise to start a college fund for Rivera’s son.

Naya Rivera, who died last year, was best known for starring in Murphy’s musical drama-comedy series Glee.

Her father, George Rivera, recently made public comments which suggested that Murphy had not followed through on a promise to finance Naya’s son’s education.

He also requested that fans “get the Glee tweeters on this !!!!” prompting many people to tweet Murphy. The hashtag #JusticeForTheRiveraFamily began trending on social media.

Murphy has since responded stating that he is “committed” to creating a college fund for the child.

Following Murphy’s statement, Rivera has asked fans to “please leave” the showrunner alone.

He wrote on Twitter: “Guys, we appreciate all the love for Naya, I feel your sincerity and devotion and I miss her everyday. 2 things, pls leave @MrRPMurphy alone about his actions or non-actions.. that’s for him to solve.”

He added: “2nd, DO NOT DONATE to any cause w/ Nayas name unless Rivera Family endorses.”

Murphy is yet to respond to Rivera’s second post.

Earlier this week, Rivera wrote on Twitter: “Everyone needs to know what Ryan Murphy really did... or didn’t do.”

“When you are part of the Hollywood elite, some people treat others as they are ‘less than’... vocalise 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… [sic],” he said.

“Broken Promises... fake outrage... hollow gestures... no phone call.”

In a statement subsequently provided to Entertainment Tonight, Murphy’s representative said: “Ryan Murphy, [and Glee co-creators] Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan have committed to fund and create a college fund for her child through the Naya Rivera Estate Trust, and have been in repeated conversations with the appropriate executors of her estate.”

Rivera died in July 2020 in a tragic boating accident during a trip to Lake Piro with her son, Josey.

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