The former Dior designer, John Galliano has been found guilty.
Galliano who faced huge fines of up to $32,175, and a possible six month prison sentence due to anti-semitic slurs stemming back to an incident earlier this year was found guilty but escaped without prison time or a huge fine.
According to TMZ, the court imposed a suspended fine of 6,000 euros with the condition that he must stay out of trouble for the next five years. He was also ordered to pay one euro to one of his victimes as a “symbolic” act.
Earlier this year, Galliano was arrested and reportedly charged with “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity,” after he made offensive comments in a Paris cafe. The public mess Galliano caused also cost him his job at Dior, where he worked for 14 years and had made him one of the most famous designers in the fashion world.
As we previously reported, the first reported incident took place in February, after Galliano made offensive comments in the Paris cafe. No sooner did another person come forward and accuse the designer of making offensive remarks in the same cafe months earlier. The British tabloid, The Sun, also released video of Galliano in the cafe, where he was heard saying, “I love Hitler.”
According to the Huffington Post, Galliano apologized for his remarks saying, “Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offense.” He also said that he was “seeking help” for his personal problems in a United States rehab center and admitted to having a drug addiction that included alcohol, valium and sleeping pills.
Galliano’s lawyer talked with The Telegraph commenting on his client’s addictions and problems, “One obvious thing is that John Galliano was ill…He had a triple addiction to alcohol, Valium, and sleeping pills…The combined effect of these drugs is a state of complete and utter abandon. Pressure to perform let him to drink heavily and take Valium pills ‘like candy’…When he was in that state, he had no way of knowing or remembering what he said.”