John Galliano to counter-sue for defamation as shocking video emerges
Head designer at Christian Dior John Galliano is to counter-sue the couple who accused him of racism for defamation, as a new video purporting to show the designer making anti-semitic remarks was released.
The video, published this morning by The Sun, appears to show the Christian Dior head designer telling a woman: “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed.”
According to the Sun he also says he “loves Hitler”. The video was filmed in December, and Galliano is audibly slurring as he talks to the woman in a bar.
Galliano was also said to be drinking at a bar before allegedly verbally attacking a couple in the Marais district of Paris last week. They accused him of making racist and antisemitic remarks.
Galliano was then arrested and taken to a local police station and later escorted back to his house. No charges have been filed against him and the British designer has denied all allegations of racism and anti-Semitism.
On Friday Galliano was suspended from his role as head designer at French couture house Christian Dior after he was detained on Thursday.
In a statement, Christian Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano said: “Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour.”
“Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities”.
Paris Fashion Week begins on March 1 with The Christian Dior and John Galliano shows due to take place during it. Reuters was told by a police source that the outburst was prompted by stress ahead of his upcoming show.
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Hollywood stars divided over Dior at Oscars
Christian Dior missed out on dressing Oscar winner Natalie Portman last night, following head designer John Galliano’s arrest for alleged anti-Semitic remarks, but Nicole Kidman and Sharon Stone stood by the French couture fashion house.
Kidman and Stone both chose to wear Dior outfits despite its head designer Galliano being arrested in Paris last week, with Kidman opting for a white strapless gown with silver embroidery and Sharon Stone choosing a tightfitting asymmetic dress in black.
However Best Actress winner Natalie Portman, who was recently named as spokesperson for Miss Dior Cherie and was widely expected to wear a Dior outfit, instead opted for a dress by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte. The off-the-shoulder dress was purple and featured subtle embellishment around the neckline.
Luca Solca, a senior analyst at Bernstein Research, told the Financial Times that Galliano’s arrest should not have a huge impact on Dior because he is not in the public eye.
He said: “Mega-brands are much larger than their creative directors and - as inconvenient as this turn of event can be - I’m sure Dior should be fine either way.”