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01/23/2015 12:09 EST | Updated 03/25/2015 05:59 EDT
PARIS - Capping the Paris fashion season with a dose of controversy, French menswear company APC apologized for using a racist slur in a show last week — prompting collaborator, shoe giant Timberland, to sever all ties.

APC house founder Jean Touitou told The Associated Press on Thursday that he spoke "recklessly" by using the N-word in a live narration at the menswear show — reportedly in homage former APC collaborator, rapper Kanye West, who recorded a song entitled "Ni(asterisk)(asterisk)as In Paris" with Jay-Z.

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