'I Was a Troll,' Chrissy Teigen Writes in Apology to Victims

New post goes beyond Courtney Stodden to anyone she cyberbullied
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2021 6:15 PM CDT
'I Was a Troll,' Chrissy Teigen Writes in Apology to Victims
Chrissy Teigen appears at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February 2020, left, and Courtney Stodden appears at the 5th Annual Streamy Awards in Los Angeles in September 2015.   (AP Photo)

Chrissy Teigen publicly apologized to Courtney Stodden last month for past cyberbullying. Now she's offering an expanded, general apology to anyone else who might have been her victim, Fox News reports. "I was a troll, full stop. And I am so sorry," Teigen writes on Medium. She hasn't been posting since Stodden made the accusation last month, per BuzzFeed. "As you know, a bunch of my old awful (awful, awful) tweets resurfaced," Teigen posted Monday. "I'm truly ashamed of them." In understanding the hurt her posts caused other people, she says, "I have to stop and wonder: How could I have done that?" Teigen notes that, beyond Stodden, there are "more than just a few" other people that she's trying to reach privately to offer an apology.

"I understand that they may not want to speak to me," she wrote. The accusations against Teigen include suggesting actress Lindsay Lohan harm herself physically and Stodden commit suicide. Teigen, 35, who became famous as a model, said she was trying to gain attention in the early days of Twitter by showing off with what she thought were harmless zingers at celebrities. "I thought it made me cool and relatable," she wrote. Teigen says she now realizes that those celebrities were real people and that she was "hurting young women—some who were still girls." Stodden had said, "It's so damaging when you have someone like Chrissy Teigen bullying children." Teigen is going to work on being a better person, she says, and she asks her fans for patience. "We are all more than our worst moments," she writes. (More cyberbullying stories.)

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