Portman & Galliano attend the reopening of Dior's New York Boutique in December 2010
Natalie Portman has released a statement in response to a video of John Galliano which emerged yesterday, allegedly showing the designer making anti-Semitic comments.
Reports emerged this weekend that John Galliano had allegedly used racist and anti-Semitic slurs towards a couple at a restaurant in Paris on Friday night. The allegations lead to Galliano's suspension from his position as Creative Director at Christian Dior. Galliano has denied all of the accusations and has since filed a counterclaim for defamation, injury and menace against the couple.
The video allegedly shows a previous incident of the designer making anti-Semitic comments, and was not related to his alleged encounter with the couple on Friday night.
Portman, who is Jewish, was recently appointed as the “face” of Dior fragrance Miss Dior Cherie. She won the Best Leading Actress award at the Oscars on Sunday, but chose not to wear one of Galliano's Dior designs to the ceremony, instead opting for a gown by Rodarte.
Last night, Portman released the following 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.’