Chrissy Teigen Accused Of Bullying (Again) Just Hours After She Apologized For… Bullying
Designer Michael Costello has accused Teigen of derailing his career over false accusations of racism, as Teigen is already embroiled in controversy for past tweets.
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Just hours after Chrissy Teigen posted a lengthy apology note for past bullying accusations, a designer wrote that the host and cookbook author harassed him online and bullied him, leading him to thoughts of suicide.
“Project Runway” contestant and designer Michael Costello posted on Instagram Monday night claiming he had a difficult experience with Teigen in 2014 that left him depressed and experiencing suicidal ideation. Costello said he never shared his experience out of fear of “losing some of my most profitable brand relationships,” along with “friends and allies.”
Costello said Teigen publicly accused him of being racist after a photoshopped comment was circulating that he said “has now been proven false by Instagram.” Teigen has not yet responded to Costello’s accusations.
“When I reached out to Chrissy Teigen to communicate that I was the victim of a vindictive cyber slander, and the [sic] everything she thought I was is not who I am, she told me that my career was over and that all my doors will be shut from there on,” Costello wrote.
He also said Teigen and celebrity stylist Monica Rose went “out of their way to threaten people and brands that if they were in any shape or form associated with me, they would not work with any of them.”
He included screenshots of messages with Teigen, in which he urged her to call him so he could explain.
“Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch,” Teigen wrote to Costello, screenshots show.
“These bullies could’ve reached out to me anytime, but they refused,” Costello continued. “Instead, they would much rather see me suffer and laugh at my demise.”
Earlier Monday night, Teigen returned to social media after a brief hiatus to apologize for resurfaced tweets that showed her harassing then-teenager Courtney Stodden between 2011 and 2013. In one of the tweets, Teigen told Stodden to “take a dirt nap” and another said, “go. to sleep. forever.” Stodden told The Daily Beast that Teigen would also direct message them urging them to take their own life.
Teigen wrote in her post that there were “others” she also needed to apologize to, adding, “I’m in the process of privately reaching out to the people I insulted.”
Teigen has reportedly lost brand partnerships with Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s in the wake of the resurfaced Stodden bullying scandal.
Stodden was relentlessly harassed by the media and other celebrities after marrying 50-year-old acting coach Doug Hutchison in 2011 at the age of 16. The pair later divorced and Stodden has since acknowledged that Hutchinson was grooming them.
Teigen apologized on Twitter in May after the old tweets came to light and claimed she had reached out privately to Stodden — a claim Stodden disputed: “I have never heard from her or her camp in private,” they wote, with a screenshot that showed Teigen had blocked Stodden on Twitter.
“All of me wants to believe this is a sincere apology, but it feels like a public attempt to save her partnerships with Target and other brands who are realizing her ‘wokeness’ is a broken record,” Stodden wrote.