Fashion's Galliano found guilty of making anti-Semitic comments
Famously flamboyant fashion designer John Galliano seen here earlier this year.
September 8th, 2011
08:06 AM ET

Fashion's Galliano found guilty of making anti-Semitic comments

[Updated at 8:57 a.m.] Flamboyant fashion designer John Galliano was found guilty Thursday on charges of making anti-Semitic comments against at least three people in a Paris cafe.

The French court gave him a suspended fine of 6,000 euros ($8,415) but he was not sentenced to jail time. The plaintiffs were awarded one symbolic euro each. Aurelien Hamelle, Galliano's lawyer, told CNN he was not surprised by the verdict.

He said the designer was happy it was all over and wants to put the whole episode behind him. Galliano was not present at the trial because he didn't want to face the media, his lawyer added.

The designer could have faced up to six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros ($32,410), prosecutors said before the verdict.

Galliano, who was fired by fashion giant Christian Dior in March after a video surfaced showing him praising Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, testified at the start of the trial in June that drugs were to blame.

Judge Anne-Marie Sauteraud read out a list of the abuse Galliano was accused of hurling at Geraldine Bloch and Philippe Virgitti, including obscenities mixed with remarks about their ethnic backgrounds.

"He said 'dirty whore' at least a thousand times," the judge said.

Galliano said on the witness stand that he had no memory of making the comments.

Asked to explain his "lack of memory," he said: "I have an addiction. I am currently undergoing treatment."

Galliano's attorney said before the trial began that the designer "was a sick person, who was suffering from addiction and this is something we are demonstrating through medical evidence, expert reports."

"We must not judge a man who for 30 years has been dedicated to diversity, who has been a loving person for all races, cultures and religions ... based on 40 minutes where he was sick through alcohol and medication," Hamelle said.

Galliano testified that he suffered from an increasing workload and that he had had no time to mourn after the 2007 death of his alter ego at Dior, designer Steven Robinson.

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  1. Iconoclast

    I am Jewish, and have no power whatsoever, so I have no Idea where you got that from. The christian right wingers are responsible for our unrelenting support for Israel (who's politics I do not agree with btw). They think they're going to bring about the second coming by rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kevininvancouver

    Who cares if he praises Hitler – what about free speech?

    September 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • israel

      europe isn't america.....in europe if you spew hate speech in public you get arrested and normally get thrown in jail for a month or two

      September 8, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Byrd

    Look at his facial profile. Remind you of anyone? Stupid mustache and all. That monkey belongs in a cage.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Salvador Dali?

      September 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JesusWasAJew

    Anyone who thinks they are better than any Jew is a ignorant bigot, and I am embarrassed, as an American, that our message of religous tolerance and equality amongst men is being trampled on by idiots such as those in the post. I am an atheist, but I am sure that your god would not want you degrading his chosen people.

    September 8, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • hmmmmmm

      LOL!

      September 8, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cythara

      Jesus was a Jewish invention, just as the Torah and Moses was a Jewish invention meant to get a bunch of ignorant peasants to obey the Temple elite in Jerusalem. In the case of Jesus, this character was meant to convince non-Jews of the Roman Empire they needed to become 2nd class Jews....meaning, the Temple elite could seek to control the Roman Empire, even as the Romans controlled Palestine. What the Temple elite didn't count on was that the Greeks (Paul's disciples) would figure out what they were up to and steal the religion for themselves.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bhuddista

      Sorry, but "Cythara" sounds like a closet teaparty-er to me. Lots of noise - no substance. I expect some negative comments now about Siddhartha ... go ahead.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bhuddista

      By the way, ALL religions are inventions, including mine, but I'm not saying that's all bad...

      September 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      This is really the bottom line when it comes to animosity toward the Jews. Chosen people? Really? This is the longest running joke in history. Gives new meaning to the word arrogance.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bhuddista

      So the invented YHWH has an invented "chosen people," archaeology does not support the Buddha myth, and, and... (I don't dare say anything about another prominent religion's origins, let alone draw a cartoon). From Abrahamic, to the religion that claims to have the "Final Testament" to Zoroastrianism, all are fanciful imaginations.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bhuddista

      Bob, remember that "Jews" don't have a patent on arrogance. Christians, Mormons & Muslims alike seem to have inherited similar arrogance from the "Old & New Testaments." I have several versions of the Bible (Jewish, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Protestant), the Quran (or "Final Testament," which follows the Old & New Testament), and the "Book of Mormon," "Doctrine and Covenants," and the "Pearl of Great Price." It's not hard to see where the arrogance stems from.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. israel

    it's all strategy.....in a region of the world that is not very friendly towards westerners israel is the most western it gets....and the most trustworthy.....and has common interests with the usa, plus we do lots of trade between our countries.....also israel is one of the most prosperous countries in the middle east besides kuwait and dubai, but those 2 countries dont have a powerful military.....also lots of our new military technology has been developed by israel or by people coming from israel and our bond was reaffirmed after 9/11 because israel knows how to deal with terrorism, we didn't

    September 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Talgrath

    Sure, he's a complete ass, but this story just reminds me that I am happy to live in a country where I can't be fined or sent to jail for something I said.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gojetsgo

    maybe they have just worked and studied harder than you and the floks you run with and you dont like that. ever thought of it that way? hmmm?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Limette

    I know its a different country, but hateful tirades are hateful tirades anywhere in the world.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rudy

    Yes isn't it amazing that this ethnic group ,which comprises less than 1/2 of 1 percent of the world,s population has won nearly 30 percent of all Nobel Prizes.Put that in your pipe and smoke it'

    September 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ryan

    History has shown that freedom of speech, while noble and desirable among human rights, can and does result in hate that leads to physical harm. Adolf Hitler was able to rise to power and subvert the German masses through his speeches and the freedom that he had to "express" his hate. Had he been silenced early in his political career the Holocaust and indeed world war II might never have happened, and the lives of 55 million human being would have been spared. Tell me if freedom of speech resulting in hate is worth 55 million human lives? What if Adolf Hitler was an American and the Nazi party was not German but American? Would that make you people see this freedom of speech issue differently?

    September 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cythara

    That's easy, through subterfuge and corruption, one Jew gets in, then he lets in his relatives and excludes others. That is what they are doing to the American political system right now. 2% of the American population is Jewish, but 14+% pf tje Senate, the House and the Administration staff are Jewish. A full third of the Supreme court is Jewish. They are doing it because they are subverting, blackmailing and corrupting both the Republican and Democratic party. Subterfuge, corruption, blackmail and then nepotism have always been the tools of Jewish 'success'. It is also why, in the end, they are universally loathed around the world, except by those they have corrupted.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. YounanMarketingAndManagementAssociatesInc, Int'l Intst''r

    Regarding my previous two three postings, moved to another posting file of mine i expect, i am not engaging in nepotism stupid. Legal protocol is what it is, everything isn't family or one main area country origin. it doesn't belong to the general public everywhere at this time span. it is a private corporation.
    stock trading in future era's wouldn't be done like those standard or existing stock markets.
    Sincerely, theresa noelle younan i-pic

    September 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Greg

    If you consider the history of Europe in the 20th century, you realize that John Galliano's tirade is considered the exact legal equivalent of shouting "Fire !" in a crowded theatre.

    It's like burning a cross on a black family's yard in Mississippi.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Are you suggesting that a new Nazi Europe might spontaneously reappear because of one flaming drunk's tirade?

      THAT would be the equivalent of yelling "fire" in a crowded theater.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. YounanMarketingAndManagementAssociatesInc, Int'l Intst''r

    None of you in turn have claim on me directly speaking because practically all of you got mixed up in damaging me and oppressing me and blackballing (which is criminal prejudice)me. so don't cry too much in your soup.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Greg

    In America, if you stood up in a restaurant and started shouting the n-word at African American customers, you would be arrested and charged with a hate crime.

    September 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • hawaiiduude

      No you wouldn't. Only if you did that WHILE committing a crime would it be called a hate crime. Ignorant.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmph

      In America, not only isit legal to say "Niqqer" in public, but you can do it while parading down the street in a white hood with a Swastika flag, and have police protection to boot, so long as you have a parade permit. It's about the only place in the world where speech is protected to such a degree. I'm glad to live in America, where even the nutters can have their say.

      September 8, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rocco

      First of all, as hawaiiduude pointed out, you're wrong. But more importantly, do you enjoy standing in restaurants shouting the 'n' word?

      September 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      You'd likely be charged with inciting a riot. Freedom of speech only goes so far. You can't go around advocating the violent overthrown of the government either without getting into some trouble even if you don't act on it.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • grovestreet

      You'd get the crap beat out of you by everyone in the restaurant. You may get away legally, but you'll be leaving that restaurant with two black eyes and a broken rib.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Is it illegal to incite a riot against yourself? I wonder....

      September 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kraznodar

      Actually Greg, you wouldn't be arrested unless you made threats. The targets of your abuse could indeed sue you for everything you own and a good chunk of future earnings but you would not be charged with a hate crime. If I were there you would probably be in a coffin if you did that though. You can insult me all you want but you had better not mess with women or children around me. If you did I'd have my sister totally take you out.

      September 8, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
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