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ICYMI, late last week, Chanel’s creative director Karl Lagerfeld claimed Meryl Streep had backed out of wearing a Chanel dress at Sunday night’s Oscars because she wasn’t being paid to wear it. Lagerfeld actually said the words, “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?” to Women’s Wear Daily. Oh, NO, HE DIDN’T. Because Karl, don’t you know? You don’t mess with Meryl. Just ask Donald Trump.

Streep’s team responded, refuting his claims with a rep telling The Hollywood Reporter that what Lagerfeld told WWD was absolutely false and against Meryl’s “personal ethics” to be paid to wear a gown on any red carpet.

So Lagerfeld backtracked with a statement of his own. Statement. Not apology.

“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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Satisfactory? Not to Streep, who had the best reply ever, basically the equivalent of rolling up her sleeves, removing her earrings and putting up her dukes.

“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,” Streep said in a statement to People.

“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.”

Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayum. If you were wondering, Lagerfeld hasn’t engaged, but he doesn’t seem like the kind of man who’ll just let something like that go. Though he also doesn’t seem like the kind of man who will actually issue a formal apology. Excuse us while we get the popcorn and wait for Round 5 because you know this isn’t over.

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