Yesterday Chrissy Teigen emerged from her self-imposed internet hiatus to offer up a broad, sweeping apology, via Medium.com, to all the people she hurt with her mean tweets. This was a few weeks after Chrissy made a public apology (private apology still pending) to Courtney Stodden for bullying them online when they were a minor. If Chrissy was hoping her most recent apology might get some of her lost deal back, well – not so fast Chrissy. Because former season 8 Project Runway contestant Michael Costello has recently opened up about his alleged experience with Chrissy, and it’s not a good look.
In an Instagram post, 38-year-old Michael, who also appeared on the first season of Project Runway All-Stars and has dressed Beyoncé numerous times, wrote that this all began in 2014. That year, Michael was involved in some possibly plagiarized dress drama with another designer, which came to a head when someone shared a screenshot of an alleged Instagram comment, where Michael used the n-word against his rival. Michael vehemently denied using the n-word and claimed that the screenshot was Photoshopped to make him look bad. (Michael also worked with a lawyer to have Instagram remove the comment and the accounts spreading the comment). Some people didn’t buy Michael’s denial, including Chrissy. Michael alleges he received a public comment on his Instagram account from Chrissy, in which she accused him of being racist. He says he reached out to Chrissy to explain that he was the victim of cyber slander, but she allegedly didn’t want to hear it, and that’s when Chrissy’s hater instincts kicked in. via Page Six:
“For the past 7 years, I’ve lived with a deep, unhealed trauma,” Project Runway star Costello wrote on Instagram Monday evening.
He said he attempted to explain the mixup – which apparently made it seem as if he’d used a racial slur – to Teigen, who he claims “told me that my career was over and that all my doors will be shut from there on.”
Costello goes on to claim that fashion industry colleagues and friends told him that Teigen and her stylist Monica Rose had allegedly “gone 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.”
Michael clearly didn’t want to be blacklisted, and he says he repeatedly reached out to Chrissy to plead his case and stress that he very much was not a racist person. Chrissy doubled down and allegedly wished Michael dead:
Costello posted screengrabs purportedly showing a direct message thread with Teigen in which she claimed, “Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch.”
“I didn’t see the point of living,” Costello wrote. “There was no way I can ever escape from being the target of the powerful elites in Hollywood.”
I guess Chrissy isn’t all talk, no action, because Michael claims he would book jobs, only to have people kick him out with no explanation given. His suspicions of some Chrissy-led sabotage were confirmed when several colleagues reached out to him, and let him know that Chrissy and her stylist Monica Rose were allegedly talking shit about him, and telling people to lose his number. Michael says that it got so bad, he wrote goodbye letters to his family and considered ending his life. He adds that since then, his family has kept him on a very tight watch to make sure he’s ok. That’s what led him to tell his story on Instagram.
Chrissy hasn’t yet responded to Michael’s accusations. But I feel like when Chrissy allegedly told Michael to die, the little devil on her shoulder whispered in her ear, “Um, maybe listen to the angel on this one? The death threat is already pretty low, even for me, but the part about the dead career feels like it’s gonna come back to haunt you in a big way.”