Dolce & Gabbana is blaming a hacker for offensive remarks about Chinese people that were communicated via company officials’ Instagram accounts.

The offensive statements appear to come from show co-founder Stefano Gabbana during Instagram conversations with critics who complained about the ad campaign. Screenshots of these online exchanges were then later posted on social media for the public to see.

However, Dolce & Gabbana is claiming that a hacker actually broke into both the company’s and Gabbana’s Instagram accounts and wrote the controversial comments.