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John Galliano to Stand Trial for Alleged Anti-Semitic Remarks

Wonder how John Galliano could jazz up an orange jumpsuit.
/ Source: E!online

Wonder how John Galliano could jazz up an orange jumpsuit.

The now ex-Christian Dior designer could be facing jail after Parisian prosecutors today announced that he will be put on trial for his alleged anti-Semitic insults aimed at a couple in a Paris caf. The decision comes following a police investigation into the incident.

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Making anti-Semitic remarks is a real crime in France and if found guilty, the fallen designer could face up to six months in prison and over $31,000 in fines. The trial will take place in the second alf of the year, authorities say.

The feisty fashionisto, attempting to do some damage control today, released a long-winded statement refuting any criminal behavior.

"I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully cooperated with the police investigation," he said. "A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the police that I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing. For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me.

"However, I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people. I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light.

"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. To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people's forgiveness.

"I have fought my entire life against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination having been subjected to it myself. In all my work my inspiration has been to unite people of every race, creed, religion and sexuality by celebrating their cultural and ethnic diversity through fashion. That remains my guiding light.

"Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offense."

However, Galliano falis to address the "I love Hitler" video that surfaced yesterday on the website of the U.K. tabloid The Sun.

The news comes after word that Galliano pals Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell have urged him to go to rehab in Arizona, although it is unclear if this is what he means when he says he's getting help, and his current whereabouts are not known.

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