It was announced today on the UK TV channel, BBC News 24, that the former Dior designer, John Galliano will actually be prosecuted for his anti-Semitic comments in a Paris café. The announcement follows his dismissal by the famous fashion house, which he joined as a designer in 1994.
After due consideration, French prosecutors have decided to press charges against John Galliano and take the designer to court. The problems are with his video taped comments to a couple whom he also allegedly assaulted in a café in the Marais district of Paris. To make matters worse over his drunken anti-Semitic rant, the area is a traditional Jewish neighborhood, now a popular gay meeting spot.
The comments, taped on two occasions at the La Perle café, the latest of which was last week, included “I love Hitler” and “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f-ing gassed.”
French prosecutors reviewed the tapes and received eye witness testimonies as well as carrying out interviews with staff at the café. They have decided there is enough evidence to charge Galliano with race crimes. In an attempt to diffuse the situation, John Galliano has today apologized “unreservedly” for the outburst.
This “apology” would perhaps have been a bit more impressive if he had not then gone on to say:
“I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the police.”
Galliano has also launched a counter-action of defamation of character and threatening behavior, because he said his outburst was in response to abuse he suffered as a result of his unusual dress sense. Details of what was said to him have not been revealed.
If found guilty, he could face up to 6 months in prison.
Yeah, John Galliano seems really sorry for what he said and did, doesn’t he?