Dior Suspends John Galliano After Alleged Anti-Semitic Rant

Galliano involved in physical and verbal altercation with Asian man and Jewish woman

Published: February 25th 2011
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The fashion world is in shock today, upon hearing that the House of Dior has suspended designer John Galliano after he allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks during a late night argument in Paris.


Pending a police investigation into the incident, Galliano has been suspended of all duties at the French fashion house.


“Christian Dior has an unequivocal zero-tolerance policy regarding anti-Semitism and racism,” stated Dior CEO Sidney Toledano, himself a Jew along with many in the upper-echelons of the company.


The alleged incident transpired at La Perle, a café in the historic Jewish community of the Marais district. According to reports, Galliano was involved in a verbal and physical altercation with an Asian man and Jewish woman. During the fracas, it is claimed that the design icon hurled Jewish slurs at the couple and exchanged slaps. Galliano was taken into police custody for a sobriety test, where he was found to be just above the legal limit, but was later released.


Stephane Zerbib, Galliano's attorney, told Agence France Presse: "There was an altercation. Mr. Galliano was verbally attacked but at no moment did he make these insults. We have witnesses to that effect."


Galliano, 50, has been Dior’s acclaimed creative director since 1996. His fall/winter collection for Dior was to be presented at Paris Fashion Week, which commences on Tuesday.


The mustachioed designer has long been deemed one of the fashion world’s foremost “enfants terribles”. Born in Gibraltar, and reared in London. Galliano has been named “British Fashion Designer of the Year” 4 times.

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