Disgraced fashion designer John Galliano is in court today facing charges of anti-semitic behaviour. He intends to plead a triple addiction to alcohol, valium and sleeping pills led to his outburst in a Paris bar in February when he allegedly hurled rascist abuse at a couple.
“He insulted my client not only as a woman by criticising her hair, her thighs, and the way she was dressed. To cap it all, my client didn’t even realise she was talking to John Galliano,” said lawyer Yves Beddouk acting for the civil plaintiff Geraldine Bloch.
Galliano was sacked from fashion house Dior after the incident, and even lost control of the label bearing his own name.
“He wants to present his apologies to the people he offended. He wants their forgiveness, and once the summer is over he wants to get his personal and professional life back. He wants to relaunch his career. I would still like to believe in forgiveness, and I hope that people can find it within themselves to pardon a sick man,” said Galliano’s lawyer Aurelien Hamelle.
If found guilty Galliano could get six months in jail and a 22,000 euro fine. He has been receiving substance abuse treatment in the United States.