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Christion Dior fires chief designer for Hitler rant

By Kimberley Pollock     Mar 1, 2011 in Entertainment
French fashion house Christian Dior has fired its chief designer, John Galliano, for what they call "odious behaviour" following a video surfacing of Galliano insulting cafe patrons and declaring "I love Hitler".
The British designer has long been a favourite with celebrities such as Sharon Stone and Nicole Kidman who wore Dior dresses to the Oscars this week.
Galliano was already on suspension after last week’s arrest and investigation by French police into allegations he subjected a couple to a drunken, anti-Semitic tirade at Paris bar, La Perle.
In a separate incident this week and at the same bar Galliano launched another anti-Semitic tirade but this time his racist behaviour was caught on video, reports British newspaper The Sun. In the video Galliano tells a woman: "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed."
After onlookers expressed disgust and asked if he had a problem he turned to another woman and said: "With you. You're ugly." Asked where he was from, he said: "Your a***hole."
The man who filmed the outburst was at the table next to Galliano and says Galliano was being unpleasant all night. "We were stunned by what Galliano was saying, but then he started making vile anti-Semitic comments. His words were disgusting. He made it clear the Italian girls weren't welcome and should go home. This was pure racism," the man said to The Sun.
Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman, who is the face for one of Christian Dior’s perfumes, has issued a statement condemning the anti-Semitic remarks reports the UK Telegraph:
In a statement released from Los Angeles on Monday evening, the day after her Oscars triumph, Miss Portman said: "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today. 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."
Christian Dior has released a statement describing Galliano's behaviour as "particularly odious" and saying they had already commenced termination procedures, reports news.com.au. "I condemn in the strongest terms the things said by John Galliano, which are in complete opposition to the essential values that have always been defended by the Christian Dior house," said managing director Sidney Toledano.
Never-the-less Dior is still planning to go ahead with its Galliano-designed fall-winter 2011-12 collection on Friday as part of Paris fashion week, reports YahooNews.
Galliano appeared in a Paris police station Monday to face the accusations against him, reports YahooNews. According to Yahoo News making anti-Semitic remarks can bring up to six months in prison in France.
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