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Updated Monday 28 February 4.46pm: Natalie Portman has condemned John Galliano, following the release of a video of him using anti-Semitic language. Portman, who is the face of Christian Dior’s Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, is also Jewish.
“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today,” the Oscar winner said in a statement released last night. “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.”
Updated Monday 28 February 5.28pm: Italian Vogue’s Franca Sozzani has defended John Galliano for his videotaped outburst, stating that Galliano “was clearly provoked, and filmed while obviously inebriated”. She also suggested that the woman who taped it might have done so for financial motives, NY Magazine reports.
Updated Monday 28 February 4.46pm: Giorgio Armani says he feels sorry for John Galliano. Following his autumn/winter 2011-12 show earlier today, the Italian designer told the Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander, via an interpreter backstage, that he was sorry to hear what had happened to Galliano – acknowledging that it must be a difficult time for him – adding that he was sorry that Galliano had been videotaped without his knowledge.
Updated Monday 28 February 12.30pm: Another complaint alleging anti-Semitic remarks against John Galliano was filed on Saturday with Paris police, the designer’s lawyer Stéphane Zerbib confirmed today. A second woman, as yet unnamed, has accused the designer, WWD reports, but it is not yet clear if the incident relates to the film which emerged today (see below for more information). Géraldine Bloch and her companion, Philippe Virgiti, filed charges against Galliano on Thursday – and the designer filed a counter-claim of defamation, injury and menace against Bloch and Virgiti later the same day.