John Galliano Found Guilty By French Court in Anti-Semitism Case

A French court has found fashion designer John Galliano guilty  of anti-Semitic behavior in two complaints.

He could have been sentenced to a maximum of six months in jail. Instead, Galliano was fined 6,000 euros ($8,400), though the fines were suspended.

The former Dior designer was charged in connection with incidents in October, where he was accused of verbally abusing an English language teacher at Cafe La Perle in Paris, and in March where he ranted at a couple at the same restaurant.

Galliano swiftly fell from fashion’s highest ranks after a video of a third tirade at La Perle appeared on the website of the British tabloid The Sun in February.  In the video, Galliano – apparently intoxicated – declares to the bar’s patrons, “I love Hitler,” says that “people like you would be dead,” and “your mothers, your forefathers” would all be “gassed.”

Charges were not filed in that incident, though the video was shown in court, according to Sky News.

Since joining Dior in 1996, Galliano, 50, has used his provocative sense of style to push the luxury label to the top of the fashion heap. Celebrities covet his creations; Nicole Kidman and Sharon Stone wore Dior gowns to this year’s Academy Awards.  He was dismissed from Dior after the Parisian bar scandal.

“I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people,” Galliano said in a statement released by his lawyers in March. “I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people’s understanding and compassion.