10:47am UK, Wednesday June 22, 2011
Fashion designer John Galliano will appear in court in France later to face
charges of making anti-semitic comments in a cafe.
The 50-year-old was fired as creative director for fashion
house Dior in March after a video showed him apparently drunk, telling a woman
he “loved Hitler” and that her parents might have been gassed in a Nazi
The video was allegedly filmed in December and led to complaints of two
incidents of anti-semitic comments being made by the British designer.
If he is found guilty, Galliano faces a fine of up to 22,000 Euro (around
£19,500) and a six-month prison sentence.
Since he was fired he has been treated for substance abuse problems.
His lawyer has said they were to blame for his behaviour.
“One obvious thing is that John Galliano was ill,” Aurelian Hamelle said.
“He had a triple addiction to alcohol, benzodiazepine (valium) and sleeping
The lawyer added Galliano himself was baffled to see how he acted in the
The designer has repeatedly apologised for the recorded remarks and has
insisted he is not anti-semitic or racist.
Five people are expected to give evidence in the trial.
Two women who were sitting next to him during the February 24 incident have
said they did not hear him say anything anti-semitic.
However, two Italian friends of the woman who was allegedly insulted by
Galliano in December have confirmed her version of events.
Galliano’s lawyer has said this demonstrates there is doubt about what was
Galliano himself “does not remember because he was in an altered state”,
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John Galliano was born on November 28th, 1960 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Galliano
November 28th, 1960
11 + 28 +1+9+6+0 = 55 = his life lesson = Racist.