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Oscars 2017: Meryl Streep caught in a dress scandal

Actress Meryl Streep is caught in an Oscars dress scandal. 

Streep, one of the most nominated (20 and counting) and winningest (3 and counting) actresses in Academy history, expects a little pay for play on the red carpet, according to Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.

“A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?” said Lagerfeld in an interview with fashion industry publication Women's Wear Daily which first reported on the dress debacle .

But reps for Streep told movie industry publication, The Hollywood Reporter, that the story just isn't true and that it is against Streep's personal ethics to be paid to wear a gown on the red carpet .

Sooooo, has fake news hit the fashion and movie industry press? Who is telling the truth?

Here's how Lagerfeld said it all went down:

Streep ordered an embroidered gray silk gown from Lagerfeld's most recent collection for Chanel. The fashion house made adjustments to the dress -- including a higher neckline that Streep requested --  but as work was underway at the company headquarters on Rue Cambon, Streep's peeps made a phone call telling them to stop the dress.

“I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress,” said Lagerfeld to WWD. On the call, Streep's representatives said, “’Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us,’” Lagerfeld quoted.

While the company was prepared to gift the dress to Streep, Chanel has a policy of not paying for celebrities to wear the brand, he said. And who can argue with that since haute couture can take hundreds of hours to create and customize and can have a final cost in the six or seven figures. In this case, the dress for Streep was 100K euros.

“After we gift her a dress that’s 100,000 euros [$105,000], we found later we had to pay [for her to wear it]. We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay,” Lagerfeld said in WWD.

Of course, since the dress is couture, she is still invited to claim it.  “She could keep the dress because of the size,” said Lagerfeld. “It’s couture. It’s perfect for her.”

Streep's reps did not respond to WWD's request for comment, but the Hollywood Reporter later ran a story in which an unnamed representative of Streep's denied Lagerfeld's claims and said Streep would never accept money to wear a gown on the red carpet.

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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.