John Galliano to face trial over anti-semitic remarks

Sacked days before Paris fashion week, the former creative director of Christian Dior will face trial for the anti-semitic remarks caught on camera

Disgraced fashion designer John Galliano is to stand trial in France over the anti-semitic remarks which saw him sacked from French fashion house Christian Dior.

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The former head designer was was arrested in a bar in Paris last week after reportedly ‘verbally accosting a couple seated on a cafe terrace,’ and things quickly went from bad to worse, when a tape showing him talking about his ‘love’ for Adolf Hitler later emerged.

Galliano was immediately suspended from Dior – days before their Autumn/Winter 2011 show in Paris – and has since been sacked.

Famous around the world for his striking creations, the designer yesterday apologised to fans, and has continued to deny the allegations against him.

Revealing that he is seeking help to address his personal problems, the British born designer has also pledged to ‘take responsibility’ for his circumstances.

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‘I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light,’ he said in a statement. ‘I only have myself to blame.’

‘I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people’s forgiveness,’ he continues. ‘Anti-semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behaviour in causing any offence.’

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Today, French prosecutors have confirmed they plan to put Galliano on trial.

If found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks, the design star could face a prison sentence of up to six months, and a £20,000 fine.

It’s thought Galliano – who was slammed by Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman over the racist remarks – has now entered rehab.

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