Natalie Portman "Shocked and Disgusted" by John Galliano's Anti-Semitic Rant

The actress and Dior model speaks out against the brand's chief designer, who has been fired following a racist tirade

Natalie Portman might be the face of the Dior fragrance Cherie, but the Academy Award-winning actress wants no association with the luxury brand's (now former) chief designer, John Galliano.

Galliano, 50, is under investigation by the police for two separate incidents of making racist remarks against clients, including verbally assaulting a French couple last week in a Paris café. Christian Dior suspended Galliano Friday, but matters were made worse when a deplorable (and damning) video surfaced on Monday, capturing the designer's racist and anti-Semitic remarks on camera. The tape depicts Galliano telling a couple they "should be gassed" and declaring, "I love Hitler."

"I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video," Portman, 29, 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."

That shouldn't be a problem, even if Portman does continue to shill Dior Cherie. Shortly after the mom-to-be released her statement, Dior announced that Galliano has been officially fired from his post. "In light of the deeply offensive statements and conduct by John Galliano in a video made public [Monday], Christian Dior has commenced termination procedures against him," the company said in a press release.

For her part, Portman added in her statement that she hopes "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."

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