Designer Michael Costello
has been accused of "cyber
slander" just a day after accusing Chrissy Teigen
of "cyber slander."
In an Instagram
Story posted on Tuesday, British
pop singer Leona Lewis
said Costello made her feel "very awkward and uncomfortable" before a 2014 fashion
show by refusing to alter a dress to her size.
“This came as a total surprise because I had been told weeks prior that they would make the dress work
for me,” Lewis wrote, as seen in screenshots captured by People
and other outlets. “At the next fitting, the night before the show, with no explanation at all, Michael refused to turn up. He no longer wanted to dress me and he abandoned his commitments to me and the show, which made me well aware that he no longer wanted to dress me.
The alleged incident left her "embarrassed and deeply hurt," according to the three-time Grammy
Leona Lewis claims Michael Costello refused to dress her for a charity
event in 2014 because she "wasn't the body
type required," leaving her with "deep insecurities." Her comments follow Costello's claims that Chrissy Teigen bullied him: "Bullying
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“Because I didn’t look like a model size, I wasn’t allowed to walk in his dress,” she continued, “and I remember having to come up with excuses because I was so humiliated by it all. I feel like I was made to look as though I was pulling out and being difficult, and as a result of those actions, I suffered a lot, both personally and professionally.”
Costello, who competed on the eighth season of "Project Runway" and later on "Project Runway All-Stars," responded to Lewis' claims on his Instagram Stories.
The designer wrote, "If I did unintentionally hurt you and you continued to support me, I want to apologize to you directly."
“All of this is very shocking for me to hear because you’ve continued to wear me, tag me, and ask for another dress even last month,” he added, according to an Instagram Story transcript posted by Just Jared, a celebrity news
Lewis' accusations came roughly 24 hours after Costello accused Teigen of bullying them on Twitter. Teigen was already under fire after Courtney Stodden
accused her of harassing them on Twitter.
M I C H A E L C O S T E L L O (@michaelcostello) shared this post on Instagram.
After Teigen apologized in a Medium blog
for her comments to Stodden, Costello responded with an Instagram testimonial in which he said he "has thoughts of suicide
" over what he described as the model and cookbook author's attempts to destroy his career.
“When I reached out to Chrissy Teigen to communicate that I was the victim of a vindictive cyber slander, and that everything she thought I was was not who I am,” he wrote, “she told me that my career was over and that all my doors would be closed from then on.”
Teigen had not publicly responded to Costello's allegations as of Wednesday afternoon.