“She’s a great mom,” Morrison, 39, told PEOPLE exclusively at the Sherpapa X CampGOOP event on Sunday when asked about his reaction to Rivera’s misdemeanor domestic battery charge.
Two days after Thanksgiving, police confirmed to PEOPLE that the mother of one, 30, was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after an alleged altercation with her husband Ryan Dorsey in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
She and Dorsey are parents to 2-year-old son Josey Hollis.
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In the criminal complaint previously obtained by PEOPLE, a Charleston, West Virginia, police deputy said that after he arrived on the scene, Dorsey, 34, said that his wife “had struck him in the head and the bottom lip while the two were taking their child for a walk down the street.” He had minor injuries consistent with his claims, and further showed authorities a video taken during the alleged incident.
For six seasons, from 2009 to 2015, Morrison and Rivera starred in the Ryan Murphy-created musical comedy-drama television series. Morrison portrayed glee club director Will Schuster and Rivera stole laughs as McKinley High School student and cheerleader Santana Lopez.
Morrison previously commented about his friendship with Rivera in September 2015 when he appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen. When asked if he is still in touch with her, the actor revealed: “No I’m not. But I love her.”
Though he has not kept in contact with Rivera these days, Morrison has stayed close to another familiar face from Glee: Gwyneth Paltrow.
“We became really good friends on Glee and she’s someone who’s been a constant supporter in my life,” Morrison told PEOPLE on Sunday about Paltrow, who guest starred in five episodes as substitute teacher Holly Holliday between 2010 and 2011.