John Galliano suspended from Dior

25 Feb

John Galliano was suspended from his role as creative director at Christian Dior, because he was arrested yesterday night for making anti-semetic remarks, Reuters reports.

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The altercation occured last night, when Galliano affronted a couple in Paris’ Marais district.  Vogue is reporting that apparently his actions were entirely verbal, but fueled by alcohol.

“Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour,” said Dior CEO, Sidney Toledo.

Fashion’s notorious bad boy is showing his colours, after a relatively drama-free run at fashion house Dior.

According to an eye-witness, the altercation wasn’t as serious as it seemed.

“We had a table at La Perle and John Galliano sat next to us,” our eyewitness told us. “He spoke to a couple at a nearby table to say ‘Cheers’ and they insulted him. An argument started and the police came, so Galliano’s bodyguard suggested that they should go to the police station to sort it out. He wasn’t ‘busted’ aggressively by police, it was very quiet and peaceful. I definitely didn’t hear him say anything anti-Semitic, or against any religion, it was all very calm.”

Galliano was released by authorities this morning.

Update:

Dior announced today that John Galliano has been fired from the fashion house, The Wall Street Journal reported.  A video was released by the Sun yesterday, where John Galliano makes a slur of anti-semetic remarks.  It has been confirmed that it is in fact Galliano in the video saying offensive things, including: “I love Hitler.”  Please note that the video below is very offensive.

Academy Award winning actress, Natalie Portman, who is a brand ambassador for Dior’s perfume, Miss Dior Cherie said: “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.”

In France, making anti-semetic remarks is illegal, and Galliano can face up to six months in jail.  Galliano is not only in legal trouble, but has lost his job and career, a mere three days before his 2011 Fall and Winter collection will hit the runway on Paris Fashion Week.

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