Dior fires Galliano after racism complaints

Designer dismissed after making anti-Semitic remarks at Paris bar; Dior chief: Galliano's comments contradict values defended by Christian Dior."

By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
March 1, 2011 17:46
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Designer John Galliano in Paris, yesterday.

john galliano_311 reuters. (photo credit: Gonzalo Fuentes / Reuters)

PARIS - French fashion house Dior said on Tuesday it is firing John Galliano after complaints were lodged with police that their star designer made offensive and anti-Semitic comments.

Dior said it decided to start procedures to fire Galliano after seeing a video clip that purportedly shows the designer shouting abuse at people in a Paris bar.

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"I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the values which have always been defended by Christian Dior," Christian Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano said in a statement.

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On Monday, actress Natalie Portman condemned Galliano for his anti-Semitic comments.

“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today," Portman 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."

Portman is currently under an endorsement contract with Dior for its "Dior Cherie" fragrance.


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