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Rick Owens Disavows Model’s Protest

Designer denounces model who brandished a banner reading: “Please Kill Angela Merkel — Not.”

MODEL MISDEMEANOR: Midway through the Rick Owens men’s show in Paris today, a model known as Jera unfurled a small banner printed on cloth, on which was scrawled in black marker: “Please Kill Angela Merkel — Not.”

Owens was furious at the unauthorized statement. “It’s a crazy, rogue, f***ing model that I punched when he came back out,” the designer told WWD after the show, adding: “Please say that I punched him.”

Owens’ team quickly followed up with an official statement saying: “Rick Owens does not claim responsibility for the act of protest by a model at the spring summer 2016 show,” calling it “an independent statement” that “does not reflect the opinion of the house of Rick Owens.” The house also requested that “all media omit or blur this image in the press.”

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