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  • Tim Gunn: Diva Anna Wintour went 'ballistic' when I revealed she is carried around by bodyguards

    As if rumors of her providing the inspiration for the nightmare boss in “The Devils Wear Prada” weren’t enough, tales of Vogue editor Anna Wintour’s diva antics have been taken to a new level with reports of her demanding an apology from Tim Gunn after he made negative comments about her.

    Earlier this summer, “Project Runway” personality and fashion expert Gunn said he witnessed Wintour being carried by bodyguards following a Peter Som fashion show in 2006.

    “I was with a colleague from Parsons, and we had been discussing the will-she-or-won’t-she-take-the-elevator question, so we ran over to the elevator bay to see if Anna would deign to get on,” he said back in June.  “She wasn’t there. Then we looked over the stairway railing. And what did we see but Anna being carried down the stairs. The bodyguards had made a fireman’s lock and were racing her from landing to landing. She was sitting on their crossed arms.”

    “I ran to the window to see if they would put her down on the sidewalk or carry her to the car like that,” Gunn added. “They carried her to the car. And I thought: ‘I will never forget this.’”

    While appearing on “Live With Regis and Kelly” Tuesday, Gunn repeated the tale, saying Wintour was so enraged at his comments that she went “ballistic” and demanded he retract the statements and apologize to her.

    According to Gunn, Wintour’s rep (who denied the claims) said she was most upset about the implication that she couldn’t “work a Manolo.”

    Gunn apologized for her misunderstanding his statement, but refused to take his comments back.

    “Accept responsibility for your own behavior,” he told Regis and Kelly of Wintour. “If you’re going to be carried down five flights of stairs, own up to it.”

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