- In an interview with the Daily Beast, Courtney Stodden spoke about Chrissy Teigen.
- Stodden was the subject of online harassment after marrying a 51-year-old actor at age 16.
- Stodden claims Teigen would DM abusive messages, including saying they should kill themself.
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Former reality TV star and model Courtney Stodden (who is nonbinary and uses they/them pronouns) opened up in a new interview with Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern about their past experiences of online harassment, including by the media and at the hands of other celebrities.
This past March, Stodden made a video calling Chrissy Teigen “hypocritical” for quitting Twitter temporarily due to the negativity the app breeds. When asked about that video by the Daily Beast, Stodden elaborated, claiming that Teigen had direct-messaged her on the app in addition to tweeting at her.
“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,” Stodden said. “Things like, ‘I can’t wait for you to die.'”
Stodden first became tabloid fodder in 2011, when they married then 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison at age 16.
Screenshots of Teigen’s tweets sent publicly to Stodden in 2011 and 2012, gathered and republished by Buzzfeed, appear to show how Teigen (who was then around 26 years old) would write things like “go. to sleep. forever” or call Stodden “effing weird” and “an idiot.”Representatives for Teigen and Stodden did not immediately return Insider’s requests for comment.
Stodden said in the interview that Teigen wasn’t the only big-name Twitter user making comments like this at the time.
“There were a lot of celebrities acting like playground bullies,” they continued. “Some of the worst treatment I got was from women, and we’re not going to get anywhere if we keep holding each other back.”
Stodden, now 26 years old and divorced from Hutchison, said their experience in Hollywood was like being around “a cesspool of hounds.”
They referred to Hutchison as a “groomer” and “predator” in the Daily Beast interview, and also said “there have probably been five times that I’ve felt like I wanted to kill myself.”
Insider reached out to Hutchison for comment on Stodden’s latest interview, but didn’t immediately hear back.
Teigen has spoken out against online harassment in the past
Last March, when Teigen briefly left Twitter, she encouraged people to be aware of the impact of their words.
“I have made my mistakes, throughout years and in front of hundreds of thousands, and been held accountable for them,” Teigen tweeted then.
“I’ve learned an incredible amount here. God I have said f—— up s— and killed myself over it as much as you killed me,” she added. “But one thing I haven’t learned is how to block out the negativity.”
The cookbook author, who’s now back on the platform with 13.6 million followers, continued: “I encourage you to know and never forget that your words matter. No matter what you see, what that person portrays, or your intention. For years I have taken so many small, 2-follower count punches that at this point, I am honestly deeply bruised.”