Almost a week after Christian Dior head designer, John Galliano, shocked the fashion world with a video of him going on an anti-Semitic rant surfaced, he is speaking out.
In the video, Galliano tells patrons at a Paris bar, people like you would be dead and that your mothers, your forefathers would all be gassed.
Galliano, who was officially fired from Dior Wednesday, issued a public apology about his actions, but denies the claims made against him.
In his apology letter, Galliano doesn't address the issue in exactly detail but does deny the claims against him. He said he understands his actions were offensive toward the fashion community which he is a part of. He also said he is headed to rehab for help.
Read his apology here.
OK! Magazine! Is reporting that the designer is to stand trial over the comments he made. Prosecutors in Paris announced that the former Dior designer will take the trial stand between April and June.
If convicted Galliano could face up to six months in prison and about $31,000 in fines, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors also said that he will face allegations of public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity against three people.
Actress Natalie Portman, who recently won the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and who is also the face of Christian Dior, released a statement condemning Galliano's rant in praise of Hitler.
Portman's statement read: I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all this is beautiful.