British fashion designer John Galliano has received a suspended 6,000 euro fine for his anti-Semitic outburst in Paris last year.
He was also ordered to pay one euro in symbolic damages to each of the plaintiffs and civil parties. Galliano had faced a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a 22,000 euro fine.
But the victim’s lawyer, Yves Beddouk, has no problem with the relatively lenient decision.
“This has had a global impact, that is the real penalty,” he said. “An icon has been knocked off its pedestal. And that is not our fault. It is his. Don’t forget, he has lost his status and his job.”
Galliano said he could not recall his rant in a chic Parisian bar but he has apologised.
He has made few public appearances since attending the tribunal in June and he was not present for today’s verdict. He told the court he did not want another confrontation with the press.
The fashion world, however, has already moved on, with its focus firmly on who will succeed him as creative director of the Dior fashion house.