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Dior Fires Galliano for Hate Speech


Fashion designer John Galliano has been dismissed from his job as Creative Director at Christian Dior, following the posting of video showing the designer making anti-Semitic remarks in a Paris restaurant last year.

The video, released Monday, shows Galliano harassing a couple in a restaurant, saying, "I love Hitler," and other racial comments... a crime in France.

Oscar winner Natalie Portman, currently the face of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, said she was "shocked and disgusted" by his words. Today she 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."

Galliano faced his accusers at a Paris police station Monday and denied any wrongdoing. The designer's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, told AP Galliano "never made an anti-Semitic remark in more than 10 years at Dior." Being found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks can bring up to six months in prison.

Dior is scheduled to present its Fall/Winter 2011-2012 ready-to-wear show on Friday as part of Paris Fashion Week.