Natalie Portman Denounces John Galliano's Anti-Semitic Rant

USMagazine, Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7:32am (PST)

After her victorious, emotional Oscar speech on Sunday, Natalie Portman has a less pleasant topic to discuss: Reports of anti-semitic comments and a shocking videotape starring Christian Dior designer John Galliano.

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The star, who is the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume, said in a statement: "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video." Adds the expectant mom, 29: "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."

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"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."

In the shocking video, Galliano gets into a vile argument at a Paris cafe. He says, "I love Hitler," drops offensive epithets and makes references to people being "gassed."

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Dior is now in the process of firing Galliano. The fashion house's president and CEO Sidney Toledano told WWD: "I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior."

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