According to Teigen’s followers, she made digs at Michael Costello in an Instagram post referencing the movie “Clueless.” Teigen shared an image at the weekend of herself wearing a pink dress with red polka dots while posing outdoors. The actress identified designer Alaïa as the garment’s creator with a subtle reference to a 1995 comedy and informed her fans of the designer’s hand in creating the garment.
“This is a celebration of love. Thank you for your generosity, Michael! Congratulations to my sister and her fiancé! I also think this is a really important designer!” Teigen captioned the picture. A scene from the movie is referenced, in which the main character, played by Alicia Silverstone, is imprisoned and forced to give up her cell phone and purse by a mugger armed with a gun. Attempting to make her escape, he instructs her to lie face down on the pavement, but she refuses, saying that she is wearing Alaïa and doesn’t want it to be ruined.
Teigen’s followers drew a link between her post and the recent feud she’s been having with “Project Runway” alumnus Michael Costello despite clearly referencing the popular show.
Costello published a lengthy apology for past instances of cyberbullying by Teigen and has now come forward with allegations of his own, saying she sent him disparaging messages on social media throughout 2014, which caused him to contemplate suicide. Teigen responded by denying the allegations and accusing Costello of fabricating screenshots of messages she had sent him in the past. Costello responded again by denying the allegations.
“Michael Costello just released a statement where he would not acknowledge the fake DMs, and now claims to have emails that do not exist,” Teigen wrote. “So while he conjures up those (hopefully with someone who is better at making fakes this time), let’s look at these. Do you remember how confused he was yesterday after Leona Lewis’ stylists treated him so kindly in the past? Well, you can imagine my surprise to find these. I would appreciate you not making fun of this guy while masquerading as my defender. It’s all been taken away from me. It’s all been told to me.”
Teigen pleaded for the truth, saying, “I just want you to know the truth. I am now causing actual pain to people trying to better themselves because of you, Michael. This is enough. If it goes any further, it WILL become more serious. We are not going to court here but in an actual courtroom. The proceeds we receive will be donated to an anti-bullying charity whose mission is to turn this s–t show into a positive. I wish you health and well-being. I have some places I’ve been attending if you’d like the contact info.” Teigen also shared a statement from her rep and some social media exchanges from 2018, in which Costello apparently said “looks beautiful,” among other alleged comments.
Representative of the “Project Runway” alum said in a statement to Fox News: “As long as Chrissy Teigen’s team is desperately trying to discredit Michael Costello, a victim of trauma and bullying by Chrissy Teigen both online and offline, despite her public apology, she remains the same bully.”
The act of victim-blaming, which results in abuse victims feeling that their only hope is to speak up, and their abuser’s first move is to discredit the victim and shame him publicly, is harmful to victims and causes deaths. Chrissy Teigen refused to believe Michael Costello seven years ago when he presented her with direct evidence that the alleged racist comment she saw was fake. Teigen’s team is now quick to discredit the character of Michael, attempting to salvage her image and partnerships, which her decade-long disruptive behavior has negatively impacted,” the statement further states.
Chrissy Teigen went beyond the DMs and comments on Michael Costello’s Instagram revealing personal information and causing him to suffer over seven years of mental and financial distress. There are emails and documents not released to the public which prove she blacklisted Costello offline. In a word, “Costello is one of many who are living with long-lasting, unhealed trauma as a result of Chrissy Teigen’s decade-long bullying behavior,” the designer’s rep noted.
Costello released a similar statement after Teigen’s team announced she would be stepping down from the lifestyle brand she launched with Kris Jenner: Safely. Costello also stated that Teigen’s crisis crew works so hard and has strategically come out against the DM’s she sent him and is trying to downplay the comments she publicly posted on his Instagram. Costello outlined that this proves that she has remained the same bully as always. He also stated that no matter how much she apologies to the public, she will remain the same bully as always. Costello also stated that he plans to take a break from social media after this drama ends.