Monday 18 December 2017

Dior ambassador Natalie Portman speaks out on Galliano

Belinda White

Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman 'deeply shocked and disgusted' by anti-Semitic video footage.

Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman, who is the face of Christian Dior's Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, has issued a statement condemning the brand's creative director John Galliano over anti-Semitic remarks he made in a video leaked online yesterday.

In a statement released from Los Angeles on Monday evening, the day after her Oscars triumph, Miss Portman said: "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today. 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. 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."

No comment has yet been made by the house of Dior regarding the future of Galliano's contract, only that he has been suspended pending the outcome of the police investigation. Neither is it clear at this stage whether Portman will continue working as a figurehead for the brand.

Mobile phone footage dating from December surfaced online yesterday, featuring Galliano saying "I love Hitler" and telling a group of Italian girls drinking outside Paris café La Perle: "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed."

Galliano, 50, also stands accused of anti-Semitic and racial abuse towards Géraldine Bloch, 35, and her companion Philippe Virgiti, 41 in a separate incident at the same café last Thursday night.

He was summoned to a Paris police station yesterday afternoon for a face-to-face meeting with Bloch, to determine how the investigation will proceed.

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