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.