French fashion house Christian Dior has decided to fire creative director John Galliano after he was caught on camera shouting “I love Hitler” and hurling anti-Semitic abuse at people in a Paris bar.
Mr Galliano has been treading on thin ice since the news last Thursday when he was arrested after a couple complained that he had made offensive comments therefore choosing to file charges against him.
The designer was immediately suspended following the incident and this followed shortly by a video being released showing more inappropriate behaviour by Galliano earlier in December 2010.
Oscar winner and the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume Natalie Portman is refusing to associate herself in any way with Galliano after these reports.
In a statement from Los Angeles she says, “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video...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.”
Hours later, the designer is faced with the axe.
“Today, because of the particularly odious nature of the behaviour and words of John Galliano in a video made public this Monday, the Christian Dior house has decided to lay him off immediately and has begun dismissal procedures against him,” it said a statement from the fashion house.
With Paris Fashion Week commencing today and Galliano due to show in three days time, this is a huge blow for the high profile designer, but I guess the next big question is ‘who is taking over?’