Christian Dior designer John Galliano has filed a defamation lawsuit against the Parisian couple who accused him of anti-Semitic and racist slurs, says Mr. Galliano’s lawyer, Stephane Zerbib. Dior’s enfant terrible is fighting to save his reputation – and possibly his job. He was suspended yesterday from Dior pending the results of a police investigation into a bar brawl at Paris’ trendy La Perle watering hole on Thursday night.
Dior, in an effort to defend its own image, said it enacted its zero-tolerance policy towards racism and anti-Semitism.
Galliano’s alleged comments have rocked the fashion world.It has become the TALK of Milan Fashion Week. Dolce & Gabbana designer Stefano Gabbana Twitted, “I’m so sorry for John Galliano!!” Others were less empathetic with the British designer.
John Galliano, who had consumed alcohol, was questioned for alleged violent behavior and making alleged anti-Semitic remarks to two people during an argument, an official said. Mr. Galliano was released after the questioning; the names of the two people weren’t disclosed. French newspaper “Le Figaro” reported today that Mr. Galliano provided three written statements from witnesses who denied that the designer made any anti-Semitic insults.
Dior’s fashion show is scheduled for Friday. It is unclear whether Mr. Galliano will take his catwalk bow. Yesterday, Mr. Zerbib said the designer would be on the catwalk “like always.”