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Natalie Portman condemns John Galliano

John Galliano’ reputation has suffered a further blow today after American actress Natalie Portman publicly condemned his alleged anti-Semitic comments.

Portman, who is the face of Christian Dior’s Miss Dior Cherie perfume, said: “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced [yesterday].”

Portman had already shunned the British designer by choosing to wear a Rodarte dress to the Oscars instead of a Dior gown she was widely expected to wear.

But she added: “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.”

Meanwhile Galliano was dubbed “fashion’s Mel Gibson” on Twitter, in reference to the Hollywood actor’s alleged anti-semitic remarks, which were caught on camera last year.

Galliano was suspended from his role at French couture house Christian Dior last week after being arrested for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks.

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