Scandal-hit Galliano's racism trial set for June 22

Thu May 12, 2011 11:00am EDT
 
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PARIS (Reuters) - Fallen fashion designer John Galliano will stand trial on June 22 in Paris for hurling anti-Semitic insults at people in a Parisian bar in a case that has already cost him his job at luxury label Dior.

Galliano faces up to six months in prison and a fine of 22,500 euros ($31,430) if found guilty. He will attend the trials in person, his lawyer said.

A leading star in the fashion world just a few months ago, the British designer was sacked in March after a video clip emerged online showing him slurring abuse at fellow drinkers in a trendy bar and saying he loved Adolf Hitler.

Two people accused Galliano in February of making anti-Semitic insults. Following their accusations, a third person also claimed to be the victim of a similar outburst in October. At the time Galliano issued an apology.

Dior, one of the biggest brands within luxury giant LVMH, has yet to announce who will succeed him at the head of its creative operation. Chief Executive Sidney Toledano told Reuters it was in no hurry to announce a name.

(Reporting by Leigh Thomas, editing by Paul Casciato)

 
<p>Aurelien Hamelle (R), lawyer representing fashion designer John Galliano, speaks to the media at the courts in Paris May 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen</p>