Natalie Portman ‘disgusted’ by John Galliano’s racist rant

The Oscar-winner has spoken out against the Dior designer, after he was suspended from duties last week

Oscar-winner Natalie Portman has spoken out against disgraced Dior designer John Galliano, expressing her ‘shock’ and ‘disgust,’ after a video of his anti-Semitic rant surfaced online yesterday.

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The famous fashion house’s head designer was arrested in Paris last week, for an alleged assault and anti-Semitism, after ‘verbally accosting’ a couple seated on a café terrace.

And Dior were quick to confirm they had suspended Galliano from his duties at the French fashion house following the incident – just days before the Autumn/Winter 2011 show in Paris.

‘Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour,’ a spokesman for the company said. ‘Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities.’

And after a shocking video of his racist rant surfaced online, today things went from bad to worse for the design star, who was formally sacked from his job.

Now Oscar-winner, and face of Dior’s Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, Natalie Portman has spoken out against Galliano in an official statement, revealing her disgust at his actions.

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‘I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today,’ Natalie said in a statement.

‘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.’

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