One of the lawyers for Galliano’s accuses on anti-Semitic behavior asks for the publication of the trial’s verdict in two of the most famous fashion magazines: Elle and Vogue. Geraldine Bloch’s attorney also asks for an article on the verdict in the daily French newspaper Le Figaro and a symbolic financial covering of the damage of 1 euro, Reuters reports.
In February 2011, fashion designer John Galliano was at a fancy bar drinking. And drinking. And drinking. Apparently he had a bit too much to drink. He was caught on video declaring he loves Hitler. He was talking to some women at the table. One of them recorded the event on her cell phone. At one point he added – talking to one of the women – that her parents “would be f****** gassed and f****** dead” in a Nazi camp. Though the women were amusing themselves until that moment, they got visibly irritated and asked “What’s your problem?” He then said: “With you? You’re ugly.”
The incident led to Galliano’s dismissal from the Dior fashion house. If found guilty, the designer faces up to six months in jail and a fine of almost 22,000 euros. That is almost 32,000 dollars.
The accuses in the case are brought by two people: the woman at the bar in the Febryary 24 incident, who claims she had ever heard of the notorious designer until the night of the encounter and another woman who was a victim of Galliano’s verbal abuse back in October 2010.
Galliano’s lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle, stated that the reason behind his client’s behavior is entirely the alcohol consumption. He said he would call a toxicology expert to testify that the designer was under the influence of several substances, which made him lose control over his reactions, both verbal and behavioral. Apparently John Galliano is addicted to alcohol, Valium and sleeping pills. One other argument that comes to support the idea that Galliano’s behavior that night in February was just a slip and not the ideas that he believes in, is a series of letters that depict him as a open-minded and tolerant person, who interacted great with people all over the world, no matter the race and other particular social aspects.