John Galliano found guilty of anti-Semitism

Thursday September 8, 2011

Fashion designer John Galliano was found guilty of anti-Semitism on Thursday following two drunken outbursts in a Parisian bar.

Mr Galliano – sacked from Dior as a result of the scandal – was handed suspended fines totalling 6,000 euros (£4,250) over two incidents, in February 2011 and October 2010.

The 50-year-old – who had faced a maximum of six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros – was not in court to hear the verdict.

But his lawyer said after the ruling that the couturier was "relieved" to put the last eight months behind him.

"He is looking forward to a future with understanding and forgiveness, hopefully, and to put all of this behind him."

Mr Galliano apologised for his behaviour at a one-day trial in June.

He blamed drug and alcohol addictions for his outburst and denied being a racist.

In addition to the suspended fines, the designer was ordered to pay a symbolic euro in damages to each of his victims and to five anti-racism groups who were also complainants.

He will also pay legal costs for the plaintiffs.

Photo: © Rex

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