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‘It’s who she is’: Candace Owens takes apart Chrissy Teigen’s apology, shows fall from grace far from over

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Conservative pundit and author Candace Owens is not buying former supermodel Chrissy Teigen’s second lengthy apology on social media just weeks after she took a vow of silence following cyberbullying claims.

“The problem with #chrissyteigen’s diatribe is that she’s apologizing for who she was ‘a long time ago,’” Owens tweeted in response to Teigen’s at-length apology that attempted to explain her past actions.

Owens added: “Let’s be clear— Chrissy spent the last 6 years online harassing conservative women who DID NOTHING to her. This wasn’t some off-colored period of her life. It’s who she is.”

Teigen took to Instagram on Monday to share her long diatribe on Medium that addressed her “VERY humbling few weeks” and then once again apologized to those she had hurt in the past.

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“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?” Teigen asked.

“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 said. “There is simply no excuse for my past horrible tweets. My targets didn’t deserve them. No one does. Many of them needed empathy, kindness, understanding and support, not my meanness masquerading as a kind of casual, edgy humor. I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry.”

More and more of Teigen’s victims on social media are coming forward to expose her cruelty and viciousness in the past. Her apologies appear to be a form of damage control.

She is also claiming that she is ashamed that it took being publicly called out by her victims for her to understand that “words have consequences and there are real people behind the Twitter handles I went after.” Among her victims are reality star Courtney Stodden, fashion designer Michael Costello, Republican Sarah Palin, singer Mariah Carey, and actress Lindsey Lohan.

Owens also tweeted out on Monday that Teigen’s public relations team was “deleting negative comments” on Instagram to portray the celebrity in a more favorable light: “FYI— someone on Chrissy Teigen’s team is deleting negative comments under her Instagram account to create the illusion that the world is forgiving her. This is little more than a carefully crafted Hollywood PR stunt. She’s still a malignant sociopathic narcissist.”

She then shared a tweet from Michael Costello: “Sharing this because another victim is stepping forward today to discuss Chrissy Teigen’s mafia like bully tactics in Hollywood. It is very similar to what she did to Alison Roman. Please read his full entry on his Instagram page.”

And followed that with: “Guys. I don’t think you understand. Michael Costello has spoken out and Chrissy Teigen was in his DMs telling him he should kill himself when he told her that the photoshopped image she was spreading about him was causing him to suffer. THIS IS NUTS. #SurvivingChrissyTeigen.”

Costello says he’s still “traumatized, depressed and has thoughts of suicide,” seven years after online interactions with Teigen that he claims had a negative effect on his career. “So many nights I stayed awake, wanting to kill myself,” he wrote. “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.”

“As a result of what Chrissy Teigen did to me in 2014, I am not okay,” he noted. “I may never be okay, but today I am choosing to speak my truth.”

Family and friends came to Teigen’s defense. “Sending love,” actress Yvette Nicole Brown commented. Teigen’s husband, singer John Legend, added heart emojis but did not write anything.

Actress Zoe Saldana defended Teigen while telling the former model that her words did not go unheard. “The trolling that you are receiving is also uncalled for,” said Saldana. “I see you and respect you.”

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