Meryl Streep has hit back at Karl Lagerfeld, accusing the Chanel creative director of 'lying and defaming' her.

It comes after Lagerfeld gave an interview to Women's Wear Daily where he claimed Streep had ordered a dress from Chanel for the Oscars, but changed her mind after another designer offered to pay her to wear one of their creations.

Lagerfeld has since apologised for his comments and admitted he was wrong, however Streep does not accept his apology.

Meryl StreepMeryl Streep does not accept Karl Lagerfeld’s apology

In the interview to WWD, Lagerfeld said: “I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress.” A few days later the designer claims he received a phone call from a Streep representative, saying: “‘Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.’

“After we gift her a dress that’s 100,000 euros, we found later we had to pay," he continued. “We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay. A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”.

In a statement Lagerfeld later admitted he was wrong, saying: “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.”

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However Streep, who is nominated tonight for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins, has since released a statement of her own, saying she does not accept the designer’s apology. “In reference to Mr. Lagerfeld’s ‘statement,’ there is no ‘controversy',” Streep’s statement read.

“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 honour 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,” Streep added. “He lied, they printed the lie, and I am still waiting.”