Courtney Stodden finalized their divorce from Doug Hutchinson in March 2020. They were married in 2011, when Stodden was just 16 years old. Stodden is 26 years old now, divorced for more than a year and still dealing with the aftermath of all of the trauma they suffered for a decade. From being groomed by a 50-year-old when Stodden was just 16, to their parents letting Stodden marry him, to being emotionally abused by a raging alcoholic, to being financially abused by Doug, and on and on. Courtney has written a memoir about all of the sh-t that’s happened in the past decade, and Stodden spoke with the Daily Beast about it. Stodden was asked specifically about Chrissy Teigen, whom Stodden called out in March of this year for Teigen’s abusive tweets. Some highlights from the Daily Beast:
Why the divorce took so long: “It was a lot of things, but mainly it was that I was still being groomed. It took me a really long time to understand what “grooming” even meant, because if you would have asked me what grooming meant when I married Doug, I would have said, “Take your dog to the groomers?” I didn’t know what it meant. But as I grew into a woman, I started realizing what happened to me…It took me a really, really long time to understand what happened to me, and I’m still going through the repercussions of being groomed.
Hutchinson gaslighted Stodden for years: “There were several different moments when I felt something wasn’t right, and there were several different moments where I felt abused and disrespected. I felt crazy almost, and he was great at gaslighting me—I know a lot of groomers are great at that. He’s a severe alcoholic, and I didn’t know that when I met him. He told me everything a young girl would want to hear from somebody she’s craving love from, and when I got married to him, he changed. And he knew he had me where he wanted me, because he’s a master groomer.”
Hutchinson has been grooming another teenager: “A stepmother of a 15-year-old girl contacted me and told me that Doug was grooming her. This was about a month after we got a divorce that I found out he was communicating, sexually or otherwise, with a 15-year-old girl from the U.K. It was so devastating, because not only did I realize who this guy really is and what happened to me, but that I wasn’t special.
On Chrissy Teigen telling Stodden to take a “dirt nap.” “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. Things like, “I can’t wait for you to die.” And not only her, but Joy Behar had a field day with calling me a “slut.” Courtney Love told me I was a “whore.” People came out of the woodwork to beat up on a kid because she was in a situation that she shouldn’t have been in. There were a lot of celebrities acting like playground bullies. 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.
Whether anyone has apologized: “You know, one of the biggest surprises is that all of the celebrities who shamed me—other than Perez Hilton, who stood up and was kind—they have not sought to apologize or sent any kind of love my way. The majority of love and apologies have come from reporters and also people online who tell me that they appreciate me and love me, and that I’m a source of strength for them. And that means everything to me.
When Stodden called out Teigen in March for Teigen’s old tweets, I ended up looking through all of the sh-t Teigen said publicly, in tweets, out in the open. It wasn’t just one or two tweets, Teigen had a real thing about harassing Stodden for a few years, especially 2011 and 2012. Chrissy openly told Stodden to die on Twitter. And then Chrissy was DMing Stodden to encourage Stodden to kill herself? Jesus Christ. If the DMs happened during that same time frame, Stodden would have only been 16 or 17 years old. Who does that?
The predictable conservatives are trying to make the Chrissy Teigen thing into a political issue. It’s one of those things where they expect Hollywood liberals to fight for Chrissy Teigen or something. I genuinely believe that we can all come together as a nation, blue states and red states, and agree that Chrissy Teigen is f–king awful for this.
Pretty sure anyone else would have been banned by Twitter for targeted harassment but Chrissy Teigen got away with tormenting a teenager who never hurt a damn soul. pic.twitter.com/60mEohieL3
— dailyL (@dailylaney) May 11, 2021
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