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. rockhard

    if anyone went to jail for making anti someone remarks, every living person would be in jail, there is not a living person who has not made some kind of anti some group remarks at one time or another..

    September 9, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. SpiderCNN

    Zionist Mafia at it's best. Redefining freedom of speech for Europe and perhaps soon would define limits for us here in USA too.

    September 9, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan Jones

    To those who feel that anti-semetic remarks should be tollerated and that the Jewish community shouldn't get mad when people say things like," I wish Hitler would have..........." I assure you that the Jews are a lot more tolerant than the Muslims. Try standing up in some cafe around a bunch of Islamists and level a verbal attack on Mohammed, or maybe put a poster of some funny Mohammed cartoon in your shop window. You won't live long.

    September 9, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cindy

    well i love to design. but im not so good at drawing the figures...
    do you have any tips or can find any sites [not fashion-era] that have premade figures for the designs?

    also any tips on drawing dresses? cuz i have great ideas in mind and im not so sure about some things.

    any tips about fashion design in general would really help.
    so please answer.

    thanks loads,

    November 19, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  5. Arlene

    I have tons of ideas for fashion designs in my head, but I can't draw very well. Should I continue my ideas of taking Fashion Design classes, or just forget it because I can't draw?

    November 19, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
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