On Saturday, Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend tweeted angrily at a conspiracy theorist who alleged that the celebrity's use of a pizza emoji was evidence of complicity in 'Pizzagate' - a widely-discredited paedophile ring conspiracy theory.
On 27 December Liz Crokin, who styles herself an investigative journalist on 'Pedogate', an evolution of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, drew attention to Teigen's use of a pizza emoji on an image of her daughter in fancy dress as a hot dog.
Crokin's now-deleted tweet appeared to suggest that the emoji use was a signifier that Teigen was linked to the supposed ring.
Crokin's followers took this and ran with it sending the chef and broadcaster a huge number of tweets.
Teigen tweeted on 31 December that she felt disturbed and scared of the tweets made by Crokin and the allegations made by some of her followers:
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.
That thread is wild. Enjoy.
She continued in later tweets:
It is INCREDIBLY weird to be two (semi) normal, ridiculously boring human beings who literally make food, watch tv and clean up dog barf in any kind of off time and then be suddenly accused of being in Hollywood’s hottest pedo ring. What a year what a year, 2017.
But if I dressed Luna up as Alice, wouldn’t I be on their side and “following the white rabbit”?? Why would I post it? What does a hot dog symbolize? Why would I willingly choose a pizza if I were in a secret pizza cult? Why am I trying to even make sense of this still please help.
Teigen then appealed to Twitter directly:
Thank you, Twitter, for verifying somebody who is essentially accusing me (with pictures of my daughter) of child abuse and paedophilia to their 50,000 followers.
Crokin's account has since been unverified.
Chrissy and her husband John Legend then threatened legal action in follow up tweets:
Anyone know any good lawyers?
You need to take my family’s name out of your mouth before you get sued. https://t.co/bPTwiBAs97