Chrissy Teigen defends herself from ‘Pizzagate’ conspiracy theorists

  • Maeve McDermott
  • USA TODAY
12:58 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018

As many celebrities were celebrating the New Year on their social media channels, Chrissy Teigen spent the last weekend of 2017 defending her daughter Luna against Twitter trolls linking her family to Pizzagate, an online conspiracy theory that said a Washington, D.C. pizza parlor was used for child sex trafficking.          

On Saturday, Teigen posted screenshots of a Twitter thread that used photos of her daughter, Luna, to suggest that Teigen was involved in Pizzagate.         

"Alright. I debated saying something about this but I’m pretty disturbed over here. The fact that there are people with these ... thoughts ... is really scary," Teigen wrote. "Apparently dressing my daughter as Alice in Wonderland and a hot dog and having a pizza emoji on Snapchat has to do with pizzagate and being uhhhh darksided. Holy (expletive). That thread is wild. Enjoy."         

The baseless suggestion that the pizza parlor was a front for a child sex ring operated by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had been part of a fake news campaign. It resulted in the arrest of a man who told police he had come to “self-investigate” and fired an assault rifle in the restaurant in December 2016.         

"Yeah yeah it’s 'just Twitter' but I’m pretty sure this *sick* person is saying we are darksided pizzagate pedophiles who traffic our daughter. Ummmmm this is really scary (expletive)," Teigen continued.          

Teigen then called out Twitter for verifying the account that first tweeted the photo, referring to the Twitter user as "somebody who is essentially accusing me (with pictures of my daughter) of child abuse and pedophilia to their 50,000 followers."         

Teigen's husband and Luna's dad, John Legend, also jumped in the Twitter fray, threatening a lawsuit.

After briefly  making her social media accounts private on Sunday, Teigen's Twitter and Instagram handlesreturned to their public status on Monday. A check on Tuesday, however, showed her Twitter account was once again private.

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