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Michael Costello claims Chrissy Teigen bullying left him suicidal
Michael Costello has yet to hear from Chrissy Teigen — privately or publicly — since he came forward with claims of severe bullying by her and stylist Monica Rose.
The “Project Runway” star, 38, released a follow-up statement on Tuesday, one day after he alleged that the Cravings founder, 35, and Rose, 42, had left him suicidal over an allegedly Photoshopped Instagram comment of his involving a racial slur.
“I want to be clear — I do not wish ill on anyone. We are all works in progress and we deserve the opportunity to prove that we can do better. But progress takes time. We must show through actions that we have changed. After all, actions speak much louder than a 10-minute apology written on a notepad,” his statement to Entertainment Tonight began, referencing Teigen’s second apology published on Medium.
“However, nothing takes away from the years of trauma being bullied and blacklisted in the industry has left me.”
Costello, who insisted he isn’t “out for revenge,” said he decided to finally speak up because he had been “silenced for so long.”
“I’m still waiting for Chrissy Teigen and anyone who bullied me to reach out to me,” his statement continued. “If they truly acknowledge that their actions are wrong, I welcome them with open arms to have a real conversation.”
Reps for Teigen and Rose didn’t immediately return Page Six’s requests for comment.
In Monday’s post, which Teigen published prior to Costello claiming she and Rose had left him suicidal, the cookbook author described herself as a “troll” and apologized for her cruel comments to stars including Courtney Stodden and Lindsay Lohan.
“Not a day, not a single moment has passed where I haven’t felt the crushing weight of regret for the things I’ve said in the past,” she wrote. “As you know, a bunch of my old awful (awful, awful) tweets resurfaced. I’m truly ashamed of them. As I look at them and understand the hurt they caused, I have to stop and wonder: How could I have done that?
“I’ve apologized publicly to one person, but there are others — and more than just a few — who I need to say I’m sorry to,” Teigen continued. “I’m in the process of privately reaching out to the people I insulted.”
Hours after Teigen’s mea culpa, Costello claimed he has “lived with a deep, unhealed trauma” since the model allegedly called him a racist in a 2014 Instagram comment.
“Each time I have pleaded with Chrissy Teigen or Monica Rose to see the whole story before believing a false narrative a former disgruntled employee cast upon me, they didn’t give me the time of day,” he added.
Costello posted screenshots purportedly showing past direct messages with Teigen, in which she wrote, “Racist people like you deserve to suffer and die. You might as well be dead. Your career is over, just watch.”
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