Fashion house Dior has sacked designer John Galliano. The move comes after videos surfaced of the bad boy of fashion unleasing anti-Semitic comments and abuse at a couple in a Paris bar. It has also been alleged that the designer traded slaps with the couple and declared that he loved Hitler.
Making anti-Semitic comments is illegal in France and the incident has been under investigation by Dior since the allegations emerged last week.
Other celebrities associated with the companies have been quick to distance themselves from the scandal. Fresh from winning an Oscar for best actress, Natalie Portman said that being proud to be Jewish herself, she was “deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments”. The actress is the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume, and often wears Dior creations on the red carpet.
Lawyers for the designer have denied the allegations, but meanwhile the video has been uploaded to YouTube.