Dior China is removing all print ads featuring spokesmodel Sharon Stone in reaction to the controversial "karma" comments the actress made at the Cannes Film Festival last week.

Stone caused outrage in China and further abroad after suggesting to a Hong Kong news channel the recent devastation caused by the massive earthquakes in China could be put down to "karma" for the country's treatment of Tibet.

"I've been concerned with how we should deal with the Olympics, because they are not being nice to the Dalai Lama, who is a good friend of mine," she told the news channel. "And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened and I though, is that karma - when you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?"

The comments, which have caused a flurry of interest after being posted on YouTube, prompted Dior to pull all advertising featuring Stone amid fears the connection to her would affect sales in that part of the world. The luxury goods company issued a statement which read: "We absolutely disagree with her hasty comments and we are also deeply sorry about them."

Stone has since released an apology, stating: "Due to my inappropriate words and acts during the interview, I feel deeply sorry and sad about hurting Chinese people.

"I am willing to take part in the relief work of China's earthquake, and wholly devote myself to helping affected Chinese people."

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