Designer John Galliano to face French trial in June
Thursday 12 May 2011
Former Dior designer John Galliano will go on trial in Paris on June 22 on charges that he made racist insults, accusations that rocked the fashion world and cost him his coveted job.
The British designer was questioned by police in February after a dispute in a Paris bar. A couple at the bar accused him of making anti-Semitic remarks, and filed a legal complaint. Another woman accused him of similar insults.
The Paris court announced the trial date today. Prosecutors have said Galliano could face up to six months in prison and €22,500 ($31,000) in fines if convicted of "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity."
Soon after the initial allegations, a video circulated online in which the designer praised Adolf Hitler. Dior fired Galliano and denounced his comments.
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