CHRISSY Teigen's rep has suggested that designer Michael Costello faked the "bullying" DMs she sent him.
The model's team claimed there was manipulation in the Instagram messages Michael shared in which Chrissy told him to "suffer and die".
Chrissy's team "found technical inconsistencies" in the private DMs that Michael shared last week, according to Business Insider .
Michael claimed the messages were sent in 2014, however blue/purple messages – like the ones in the screenshots – were only introduced in 2020.
Similarly, the video chat icon seen in the screengrabs only became available on Instagram in 2018.
Michael gave no comment when contacted by the outlet over the "inauthentic" messages claims.
The Project Runway alum, 38, said he felt "traumatized and suicidal" after Chrissy "bullied" him and "blacklisted" him from the fashion industry.
Michael claimed Chrissy targeted him after hearing a rumor – which was later proved to be fake – that he said a racial slur.
“I wanted to kill myself and still am traumatized, depressed and have thoughts of suicide," he wrote on Instagram – hours after Chrissy apologized for her past tweets in a Medium essay.
Michael then explained he’s been “living in fear” as he felt that his “most profitable brand relationships” and friendships were at risk, as well as the “fear of being blacklisted even more by the power elites who run the industry.”
He wrote: “In 2014, I received a public comment from Chrissy Teigen on my Instagram page, accusing me of being a racist.
“She apparently formed her own opinion of me based on a photoshopped comment floating around the internet which has now been proven to be false by Instagram and since taken down.
“When I reached out to Chrissy Teigen to communicate that I was a victim of a vindictive cyber slander, and that 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.”
Michael claimed he spent the next few years losing jobs with “no explanation” as Chrissy and powerful stylist Monica Rose had “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.”
He claimed that he tried to explain the whole story to Chrissy and Monica, though they never gave him “the times of day.”
Michael continued: “So many nights I stayed awake, wanting to kill myself. I didn’t see the point of living.
“There was no way I can ever escape from being the target of the powerful elites in Hollywood, who actually do have powers to close doors with a single text.
“Not only was I the target of cyber defamation, I was also getting blacklisted in real life.”
Noting that he has “suffered tremendously” while keeping silent, Michael said he’s now found the courage to share his truth.
The designer said: “Last week, I wrote personal letter to my family and closest friends because U thought that taking my own life would be the best way out."
Michael then shared a DM exchange he claimed was between him and Chrissy.
After he asked if he could call her, Chrissy responded: “No! I do not have anything to say to you. You will get what’s coming to you.”
Michael insisted he “never called anyone the n word,” as Chrissy replied: “Good luck with that lmao hope that story keeps your already dead career going.”
The designer then pleaded for Chrissy to call him, adding: “I am suffering from this more than you can imagine. So many people are attacking me over this. It’s a fake story but your comment is adding more fuel to the fire.”
Chrissy wrote back: “Good! Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch.”
Michael’s claims camejust hours after Chrissy apologized to Courtney Stodden for bulling the 26-year-old in the past.
The model told fans she’s “truly ashamed” of her “awful” past tweets and is working to apologize to all those she hurt.
Courtney previously spoke out against Chrissy in an interview with The Daily Beast.
They said: "She wouldn't just publicly tweet about wanting me to take 'a dirt nap' but would privately DM me and tell me to kill myself. Things like, "I can't wait for you to die."'
John Legend's wife was also accused of bullying Lindsay Lohan on Twitter back in 2011.
An unearthed tweet from Chrissy’s account resurfaced poking fun at Lindsay’s previous self-harm struggle, which read: “Lindsay adds a few more slits to her wrists when she sees Emma Stone."
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