Designer Karl Lagerfeld Claims Meryl Streep Demanded Cash to Wear His Dress at Oscars

A rep for the actress says the story is "completely untrue."

Designer Karl Lagerfeld has made the shocking claim that Meryl Streep asked to be paid to wear a dress of his at Sunday’s Oscars.

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Lagerfeld is the head designer and creative director for the fashion house Chanel and was customizing an embroidered gray silk gown from his recent couture show in Paris for the actress.

He told Women's Wear Daily that someone from her team told him: "Don't continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us."

The alleged comments have many wondering whether stars regularly get paid to wear a certain frock for award shows.

"I do think it is a bit of an open secret within the fashion industry that there is a lot of money that changes hands between the celebrities and the designers," Lindsay Miller of Pop Sugar told Inside Edition.

Karl Lagerfeld said  he refused to pay Streep, saying, "We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don't pay."

A rep for the actress calls the story "false" adding.

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"Ms. Streep did, in fact, decide not to wear Chanel, but it had nothing to do with being paid," a rep told Inside Edition. "Ms. Streep would never be paid to wear anything. It is against her ethics and completely untrue."

Some are wondering if Streep, an outspoken opponent of Donald Trump, decided not to wear Chanel because Lagerfeld has dressed First Lady Melania Trump in the past.

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