Meryl Streep has lashed out at Karl Lagerfeld for ‘lying and defaming’ her.
A row between the actress and the designer blew up after he accused her of being cheap and demanding money to wear one of his dresses to the Oscars.
He subsequently admitted this was not true, but the actress was not happy, slamming both him and a fashion site for printing his statements.
The 67-year-old actress lashed out at the designer, saying he had lied and that now she is not going to take the matter lightly.
“In reference to Mr Lagerfeld’s ‘statement,’ there is no ‘controversy’: Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist, and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication.
“That publication printed this defamation, unchecked. Subsequently, the story was picked up globally, and continues, globally, to overwhelm my appearance at the Oscars, on the occasion of my record breaking 20th nomination, and to eclipse this honor in the eyes of the media, my colleagues and the audience,” Streep said.
She added, “I do not take this lightly, and Mr Lagerfeld’s generic ‘statement’ of regret for this ‘controversy’ was not an apology. He lied, they printed the lie, and I am still waiting.”
Streep has been nominated in the best actress category for ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’ at the 89th Academy Awards.