The embattled wife of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has issued an apology after she fired at a social media commenter who chastised her for flaunting her expensive taste.
"I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response. It was inappropriate and highly insensitive," Louise Linton said in a statement her publicist sent to CNN Wednesday.
In Monday’s post, Linton posted a photo of herself stepping off a government airplane with her husband. She tagged her high-end wardrobe, which included a $10,000 Hermes Birkin handbag, Hermes scarf, Roland Mouret pants, Tom Ford sunglasses, and Valentino shoes.
The comments section erupted with criticism, but one appeared to really set her off.
After a mom of three from Oregon wrote, “Glad we could pay for your little getaway #deplorable,” Linton fired back with a lengthy reply.
“Lololol. You're adorably out of touch,” she wrote. “Thanks for the passive aggressive nasty comment. Go chill out and watch the new game of thrones. It's fab!”
Linton deleted the post and made her Instagram page private.
The Treasury Department says Mnuchin reimbursed the government for his wife's trip to Kentucky.
The news of her apology comes as footage has emerged of the Scottish-born actress and former model strutting her stuff down the runway in 2010. In the video, she is seen getting cheeky with a male model during “Dressed to Kilt,” a charity fashion show.
Long before Linton found herself embroiled in a social media firestorm for flaunting her wealth, she was an actress and swimsuit model.
She made her debut on prime time television back in 2007, on an episode of CSI: New York. Ironically, her character, Simone DeLille, was dressed as Marie Antoinette at a costume party on the show.
Meanwhile, some high-end designers are distancing themselves from Louise and the Instagram controversy.
"Louise Linton did not receive any gifted merchandise, compensation or loans from Valentino," a spokesman for the Italian fashion giant said.