Chrissy Teigen has threatened to take legal action against a fashion designer who allegedly shared false messages claiming to be from her amid a bullying argument.
Michael Costello posted what appeared to be direct messages from Teigen in 2014, showing the model and TV personality threatening to damage his career.
Teigen, who has been engulfed in a row of cyberbullying, has now firmly denied Costello’s allegations and said she will sue him if he continues.
The cookbook author, 35, said she would donate any damage to an anti-bullying charity.
Teigen wrote: “No idea what the f *** michael costello is doing. He just posted a statement in which he didn’t at all acknowledge how bogus the dm’s were, and now claims to have e- mails that do not exist.
She added, âPlease do NOT intimidate this man in the masquerade to defend me. I took EVERYTHING. I heard everything. I’m just begging you to know the truth.
“Michael, you are now causing real pain to people who are trying to improve themselves. Enough. Or it will go further. Not here, but a real court of law.
âAnd every penny we make will go to an anti-bullying charity that aims to turn this shit show into a positive. I wish you peace and healing. I have places I’ve been to if you want the contacts.
Costello hit back on his Instagram page and said Teigen was “the same bully she always was, despite his bogus apologies to the public.”
In what he said was his last statement on the controversy before taking a break from social media, he wrote: âI repeat. Chrissy Teigen went out of her way to shut the doors on my career by making calls, texting, telling colleagues and businesses that if I was committed to a project, she wouldn’t be working with them.
“I have receipts of emails and confirmations from these people and companies.”
Teigen’s husband, chart-topping singer John Legend, defended her on Twitter and said the exchange Costello shared was “completely bogus.”
He wrote: âChrissy apologized for her public tweets, but after her apologies, Mr. Costello fabricated a DM exchange between them. This exchange was invented, completely false, never took place.
A statement from representatives for Teigen added: âChrissy is completely surprised and disappointed with the recent Michael Costello attack, which includes fictional 2014 ‘screenshots’ of purported private messages that Chrissy did not send.
âIn October 2014, she posted a comment on Mr. Costello’s Instagram when he was publicly accused of making a racist remark. After denying the charge and claiming it was based on a photoshopped comment, Chrissy deleted the comment, as was reported at the time.
Chrissy has acknowledged her past behavior and the pain it has caused, but she will not stand for anyone to spread false accusations to further demean her name and reputation.
âChrissy will continue to do the job she needs to do to be the best person she can be. She’s hoping Michael Costello can do the same.
Teigen took a social media hiatus after being accused of bullying online.
Model Courtney Stodden, who is not binary, accused her of sending them messages urging them to kill themselves.
Teigen has also been criticized for articles about Lindsay Lohan’s self-destructive struggles.
In a lengthy apology earlier this week, Teigen vowed to personally apologize to anyone she targeted and described the experience as “VERY humiliating.”
Following the post, Costello, a 38-year-old American designer who appeared on the Project Runway TV show, said Teigen’s bullying of him in 2014 left him suicidal.
He said Teigen accused him of being racist over a “photoshopped comment” and threatened to damage his career.
Adding another twist to the scandal, British singer Leona Lewis then stepped in to defend Teigen and said Costello had humiliated her in 2014.
She posted a lengthy statement on Instagram, claiming he had left her with “deep insecurities” after a perceived snub on a dress.
Costello apologized and said, “I don’t take the accusations of bodily shame lightly.”