“I condemn in the strongest terms the things said by John Galliano, which are in complete opposition to the essential values that have always been defended by the Christian Dior house,” said the fashion house’s managing director, Sidney Toledano. He described the behaviour of the 50 year old designer as “particularly odious”.
Galliano and his two accusers have been questioned by French police about the incident a La Perle, in the fashionable Marais district of Paris, which took place last year. Although there were no independent witnesses to this occasion, Galliano’s defense is looking weak as UK newspaper, “The Sun”, released a video of another anti-semitic rant by the designer in the same café.
A drunken Galliano declares his love for Hitler and of the couple he abused he gloated, “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be… gassed.”
The drunken anti-Jewish rant will sicken many people and prompted Natalie Portman to dump Galliano as the designer for her Ocar ceremony dress and ongoing criticism of his actions overshadowed Paris Fashion Week, making Galliano’s position untenable. The Dior designs will now be shown on Friday, without Galliano present, although his designs form the final highlight of the fashion show.
“Black Swan” star Portman, who is Jewish, did not tolerate the “disgusting” comments, even though at the time she thought she may be jeopardizing her own position as the face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume.
French prosecutors are still considering whether to prosecute John Galliano under racial hatred laws. A decision on that is expected later today so watch this space for further updates.