A verdict is expected this afternoon on John Galliano’s trial into charges of racial abuse.
The British fashion designer stood trial in Paris in June over on charges of public insult for allegedly using racist and anti-Semitic slurs. The trial addressed two separate incidents, one on Febuary 24 of this year and another which is alleged to have taken place on October 8, 2010.
Is is thought that Galliano could face up to six months in prison because in France the penalty for insulting someone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity is a fine of up to €22,000 (£19,552) and a six-month prison sentence.
It has been widely reported that Galliano will not attend the sentencing.
The former Christian Dior design director was fired from the position in disgrace over the allegations. In the weeks following the incident in February, Galliano was also dropped from his own fashion brand, John Galliano, which is 92% owned by Dior, and came under fire from high profile fashion leaders like Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.