John Galliano Steps Up Against Allegations, & Dior
John Galliano is fighting back against allegations that he uttered anti-Semitic and racist slurs during an altercation with a couple at a Paris café last Thursday.
His lawyer Stephane Zerbib told WWD the designer visited police in Paris’ third arrondissement at midnight on Friday to provide three witness statements that he never made any such comments.
The designer has also filed a claim of defamation and injury against the couple – identified on Le Figaro’s Web site as Géraldine Bloch, 35, and Philippe Virgiti, 41 -
and is now awaiting the decision of police, Zerbib said.
Zerbib also said Galliano is “shocked” that Dior – citing a zero-tolerance policy on racism and anti-Semitism - suspended him from his job functions pending the outcome of the police investigation.
“He is not guilty and is not embroiled in a court case or anything.
He feels it is a decision that has been made without verification of the facts and based on one side of the story and he is very shocked about that,” Zerbib told WWD.
The lawyer added that Galliano’s chauffeur, who was present at the café during the incident, is a key witness and has confirmed to police that the designer’s account of events is correct. Zerbib declined to provide the chauffeur’s name. Source : WWD.Com
Dior suspends designer Galliano after alleged assault, anti-Semitic remarks
PARIS — Famed fashion house Christian Dior said Friday it is suspending creative director John Galliano after he was detained and accused of an anti-Semitic insult during a spat at a Paris cafe Thursday night.
Dior said in a statement Friday that it is suspending Galliano pending an investigation.
"Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance toward any anti-Semitic or racist words or behavior," Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano said in a statement.
Galliano has been Dior's creative director for 14 years.
Galliano was briefly detained Thursday night after allegedly assaulting a couple in a Paris restaurant and making anti-Semitic remarks, an official with the Paris prosecutor's office told the AP.
A police official said Friday that Galliano exchanged slaps with the couple.
Both officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing,
said Galliano's blood alcohol levels were high.
"Witnesses said [Galliano] swore heavily, using anti-Jewish insults, before attacking a couple.
Both have provided witness statements, as have a number of other people at the bar,
including staff," a police source told the British newspaper the Daily Telegraph.
The flamboyant British designer was questioned and released after the Thursday night incident.