Naya Rivera's accidental drowning death in the middle of 2020 was a traumatizing bit of a sad and difficult year. After making sure her son was safely above water, Rivera drowned when she was unable to get herself back into the boat.
Glee creators responded to Naya's death with widespread grief and devastation. Creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuck and Ian Brennan said they would be "creating a college fund" for Naya's son, Josey Dorsey—who was present on that fateful day.
But Naya's dad says they haven't followed through.
they're setting up a college fund for josey and i know most of us disliked them most of the time for their writing… https://t.co/R8L4GXW9Ly— amy. (@amy.) 1594754472.0
@bridgetsrose Everyone needs to know what Ryan Murphy really did ... or didn’t do !!! I’m about to blow up this sto… https://t.co/dm7iXiKzeM— G. Rivera (@G. Rivera) 1615336831.0
@UserArtists @bridgetsrose @MrRPMurphy have you no shame. You used a tragedy to make yourself look like a decent pe… https://t.co/fpKGOqwjqZ— Jasmin (@Jasmin) 1615392811.0
When you are part of the Hollywood elite, some people treat others as they are “less than” .... vocalize a good gam… https://t.co/jLDLsHZB9E— G. Rivera (@G. Rivera) 1615337738.0
George Rivera, Naya's father, responded to a tweet claiming the creators would be setting up the college fund for Josey Dorsey—whose father is Naya Rivera's ex-husband actor Ryan Dorsey. Rivera's father said in no uncertain words Murphy never began the first step of this promise.
He went on to say Murphy had never dropped him so much as a phone call.
Broken Promises..... fake outrage .... hollow gestures ..... no phone call https://t.co/EXIxrFKQht— G. Rivera (@G. Rivera) 1615338426.0
@UserArtists I promise Mr. Rivera, if a certain someone doesn’t fulfill his promises , we will. Let someone set up… https://t.co/ZCsjVgqGy8— chuli🧃ミ☆ (@chuli🧃ミ☆) 1615338841.0
@UserArtists @bridgetsrose Everyone knows that @NayaRivera and @MsAmberPRiley carried that show... yet, because the… https://t.co/XCWtbiL7O1— Jamie Lynn ミ☆ 🦋🖤 (@Jamie Lynn ミ☆ 🦋🖤) 1615339214.0
@UserArtists Naya deserved so much respect!! The truth will always come to light. I hope you know that all of us wh… https://t.co/dlB3ZuYZ08— Julie Rivera (@Julie Rivera) 1615338274.0
Murphy responded with his own Tweet.
Myself, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan have committed to create a college fund for Naya Rivera’s child Josey through… https://t.co/w2ZZifgKeS— Ryan Murphy (@Ryan Murphy) 1615342467.0
"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."
"We have been in repeated conversations with the appropriate executors of her estate."
Ryan Dorsey had shared custody with his ex-wife. After her death, full custody of Josey went to his father, not his grandfather George Rivera.
But not everybody is buying Murphy's story.
This is a special type of evil from Ryan Murphy https://t.co/dN5kKBaQu8— Valerie Complex (@Valerie Complex) 1615351877.0
naya rivera’s dad exposing ryan murphy is such a heartbreaking, unexpected yet deserved turn of events omg— maria • (@maria •) 1615338734.0
it takes a special kind of asshole to lie about helping a 5 year old who lost his mother. ryan murphy is going to hell.— sav :) ! ミ☆ (@sav :) ! ミ☆) 1615339024.0
naya riveras dad about to take down ryan murphy https://t.co/cXeTNrWuTK— Gwyneth Paltrow (@Gwyneth Paltrow) 1615337472.0
they’ve been through enough... this is not okay. ryan murphy can’t just say he’s gonna create a college fund for jo… https://t.co/EaHlV9a7fj— dianna agron my beloved (@dianna agron my beloved) 1615338752.0
ryan murphy really exploited a tragedy to make himself look better. absolutely disgusting. my heart goes out to the entire rivera family.— kaycee (@kaycee) 1615339297.0
The Rivera family has not made any further statements on Ryan Murphy at this time, but asked Twitter to leave him alone and to only donate to causes for Naya endorsed by the Rivera family.
Guys, we appreciate all the love for Naya, I feel your sincerity and devotion and I miss her everyday. 2 things, pl… https://t.co/EoCVm0UznM— G. Rivera (@G. Rivera) 1615402105.0
For a family that has been through so much grief, we sincerely hope some new joy and understanding can arise from this situation.