Sunday’s Oscar winner and the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume Natalie Portman is refusing to associate herself in any way with suspended Dior chief designer John Galliano after allegations and a videotape have surfaced accusing him of making vile anti-Semitic comments.
“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video” Portman, 29, said in a statement from Los Angeles. “In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.”
She adds, “I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”
Galliano, 50, met with police Monday as an investigation is being held into incidents that could lead to criminal prosecution of the designer. He has been accused of two separate incidents of making racist remarks against clients in a Paris café near his home.
In the video, Galliano is seen and heard saying, “I love Hitler” and tells two people they “should have been gassed.”
It remains to be seen if Portman’s comments will affect her contract with Dior, reports The New York Times.
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