Galliano faces trial, Dior keeps the show going

Wed Mar 2, 2011 5:01pm EST
 
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By Astrid Wendlandt

PARIS (Reuters) - British fashion designer John Galliano will stand trial on charges of making racist insults in public, allegations which cost him his job at Christian Dior and prompted him to apologize on Wednesday.

Dior is going ahead with its Paris Fashion Week show on Friday after firing Galliano for his "odious" behavior on a widely viewed video showing the former chief designer expressing admiration for Adolf Hitler.

French prosecutors said on Wednesday they had charged Galliano with making racist comments to three people, an offence that carries a sentence of up to six months in prison and a 22,500-euro ($31,240) fine.

The charges relate to two separate incidents, one on Thursday and the first in October.

The fallen star, who has worked for Dior since 1996, said in a statement anti-Semitism and racism "have no part in our society" and "unreservedly" apologized for causing any offence.

The video surfaced after accusations were made public and raced across the Internet. It shows Galliano in a bar wearing a grey hat and slurring anti-Semitic insults into the camera.

Galliano's lawyer said during a television interview on Wednesday his client was not standing trial for the video.

"This video, nobody knows under which conditions it was made, if Mr Galliano was provoked or insulted before, nobody knows the context," Stephane Zerbib said in an interview on France's Canal Plus channel.   Continued...

 
<p>Fashion designer John Galliano is surrounded by policemen as he leaves a police station in Paris, February 28, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen</p>