AceShowbiz - Fashion designer Michael Costello has taken aim at Chrissy Teigen for suggesting he doctored direct messages in which she allegedly bullied him.
The "Project Runway" star has been putting Teigen on blast in recent days, claiming she tried to have him blacklisted from the fashion community back in 2014 over an allegedly made-up Instagram comment in which he appeared to use a racial slur.
Costello tried to back up his accusations by posting screenshots of direct messages he had purportedly exchanged with the model and TV personality years ago about what he insisted was a scam. On Thursday (17Jun21), Teigen's representative claimed the posts were "fake," noting technical inconsistencies in the images, which appear to include an amalgamation of various Instagram features from throughout the years.
Now Costello, who claimed he was suicidal over the controversy, is fighting back. He is arguing the brief comments from her publicist only prove Teigen hasn't changed at all, despite stating she was a different woman in her apologies for past tweets in which she bullied other celebrities via social media.
Responding to allegations suggesting he had manipulated the screenshots, the designer maintains he's been "a victim of trauma and bullying by Chrissy Teigen both online and offline" for the past seven years, adding, "When a victim feels like their only recourse is to speak up, and the abuser's first move is to discredit the victim and shame him publicly, this perpetrates victim-blaming and it costs lives."
Costello insists he has further emails and other documents to substantiate his side of the story.
Teigen has yet to comment on the latest attack, but her husband, singer John Legend, has since waded into the dispute to defend his wife with a series of posts on Twitter.
"Chrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apology, Mr Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them. This exchange was made up, completely fake, never happened," the "All of Me" singer wrote on Friday.
"Honestly I don't know why anyone would fake DMs to insert themselves in this narrative, but that's what happened."
Legend then added, "I encourage everyone who breathlessly spread this lie to keep that same energy when they correct the record."