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'I Do Not Take This Lightly': Meryl Streep Issues Rebuttal to Karl Lagerfeld

She had some *words* for the designer following his earlier Oscars dress comments.
Meryl Streep at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 

Meryl Streep at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29, 2017 in Los Angeles. Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 

Earlier this week, Karl Lagerfeld claimed that anthropomorphic award show statuette Meryl Streep had ordered a custom couture gown from Chanel for Sunday's Oscars, only to rescind the request after another fashion house offered to pay her to wear its designs instead. "A genius actress," Lagerfeld told WWD, "but cheapness also, no?" Streep's representatives denied the claim almost immediately, but Chanel pushed back, stating that the brand had "engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep's stylist" with the "full understanding that she was considering options from other design houses."

Now, several days later and after no further developments, Streep herself has weighed in with a scorched-earth statement that can only be described as the PR equivalent of all those *blows on fingers and types furiously* memes. 

She issued the following to People on Saturday: 

"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.

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."

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In response, Chanel provided the following statement from Lagerfeld to WWD (as well as to Fashionista) on Sunday:

"Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms Streep's stylist, on her request, to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards. After an informal conversation, I misunderstood that Ms Streep may have chosen another designer due to remuneration, which Ms Streep's team has confirmed is not the case. I regret this controversy and wish Ms Streep well with her 20th Academy Award nomination."

We will learn the fate of Streep's 20th nomination for Best Actress in "Florence Foster Jenkins" — as well as which lucky designer had the privilege of dressing her — on Sunday at the 89th Academy Awards.

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