The famous and flamboyant fashion designer, John Galliano, was found guilty on September 7, 2011, of making anti-Semitic and racially offensive statements toward three individuals in a French café for the third time.
According to CNN, each plaintiff was awarded one symbolic euro apiece in damages while the $8,415 fine was suspended and no jail time was served by Galliano. Meanwhile, the French court received $23,000 in costs. This was based on the costs of the four anti-racism groups involved in the trial.
Additional charges consisted of two previous insults at the same Paris café---one in October 2010 and one in February of 2011. All were public insults based on an individual’s religious affiliation, race, ethnicity or their origin, according to the Celebitchy website.
Galliano’s lawyer, Aurélien Hamelle, stated that the verdict was not a surprise. A junior partner of Metzner Associés Law Firm in Paris who specializes in French criminal law, Hamelle represented Galliano at the trial as the designer did not wish to face the media. Hamelle called it a “wise decision.” The lawyer then told CNN that the fashion designer simply wished “to put the whole episode behind him.”
Galliano is recently known for being suspended from the fashion giant Christian Dior and then fired in March for praising the Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler. He was dismissed from his eponymous label, which was owned by Dior’s parent company. However, Dior has showed that it is in no hurry to replace the flamboyant fashion designer.
With hate speech in France punishable by law, when the drunken fashion designer was videoed on camera slurring, “I love Hitler” … it was immediately considered a crime. Following this, John Galliano found himself publicly degraded by the majority of the fashion industry and checked himself into rehab.
The Hollywood Reporter has published that 50-year old Galliano is now recovering from addictions to alcohol, sleeping pills and barbiturates. Born to a Spanish mother in the British Iberian territory of Gibraltar, the designer rejects any notion that he is fundamentally racist… “his multi-cultural-infused work” speaks for itself.
According to the enclosed video, it appears that Galliano has had an addiction problem that he is actively working on. Unfortunately, he has been unable to emotionally handle the death of his father and of his close friend and right-hand man, Steven Robinson, who died of an overdose, making the addiction harder to overcome.