Shamed designer John Galliano has been sacked by fashion giant Christian Dior — after Oscar winner Natalie Portman today declared she was appalled at his racist rants.
Natalie — who is the face of a perfume made by Dior — slammed Galliano and said she would have nothing more to do with him. The Israeli-born beauty, 29, spoke out after we revealed shocking footage of Galliano declaring his love of Hitler and suggesting two women should be GASSED.
Christian Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano today said in a statement: "I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the values which have always been defended by Christian Dior."
Galliano was suspended by the label last week after he was arrested for allegedly launching a vicious verbal attack on two people at the same Paris cafe where the video was filmed. The footage showed him directing vile abuse at two French and Italian customers. He told them: "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed. I love Hitler."
A woman is then heard asking him if he had a problem. He added: "With you. You're ugly."
Asked where he was from, he said: "Your arsehole."
Natalie — who won best actress at the Academy Awards for Black Swan — said in a statement: "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."
Last Thursday Galliano allegedly insulted Geraldine Bloch, 35, and threatened to kill her pal Philippe Virgitti, 41, in La Perle Bar.
Galliano, 50, turned up at a police station in the French capital today to deny all the charges against him and declared: "I'm no racist."
Ms Bloch has told cops he called her a "dirty Jew face".
None of those allegedly targeted by Galliano is Jewish.
Galliano, who was brought up in South London, has launched a counter-claim for defamation against Miss Bloch and Mr Virgitti.
A Paris detective said of the case: "The accused has insisted that he is not a racist, and certainly not anti-Semitic. On the contrary, he is taking legal action against his accusers."
Galliano's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, has insisted the video has no value and that Galliano has never been anti-Semitic while working at Dior.
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