Natalie Portman, Best Actress winner and celebrity spokesperson for Christian Dior, released a statement condemning the alleged remarks of Dior’s suspended fashion designer, John Galliano, who’s been accused of spewing anti-Semitic vitriol at multiple people in a Paris cafe. A video of one such encounter features what appears to be Galliano endorsing Adolf Hitler and insulting a nearby couple with Holocaust taunts. “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today,” Portman said. “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.”
Portman reportedly was planning to wear a John Galliano-designed gown to Sunday’s Oscars, but she ultimately decided to wear a purplish dress from Rodarte instead.