John Galliano issues apology and will stand trial

Thursday March 3, 2011

John Galliano could face a prison sentence for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks and assault in a Paris bar.

Following an investigation, prosecutors have decided that he will stand trial – and could be sentenced to six months in jail if convicted.

The Gibraltar-born designer was detained by police on Thursday night after Geraldine Bloch and her companion Philippe Virgiti alleged he had made anti-Jewish and racist comments.

He was then sacked as chief designer at Dior on Tuesday after footage emerged of a separate incident in which he was shown telling two women: "I love Hitler."

In a personal statement issued on Wednesday, the Briton, 50, denied the claims made against him, renouncing racism and apologising "unreservedly" for any offence his behaviour might have caused.

He said that witnesses had come forward to say he was subjected to an "unprovoked assault" during Thursday's incident.

"For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamations and the threats made against me," he said.

"However, I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people."

"I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen behaving in the worst possible light."

It is thought that Galliano – denounced by Natalie Portman for his remarks – is currently seeking treatment in rehab.

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