Fashion designer John Galliano's trial is set tomorrow due to atrocious anti-Semitic remarks made to patrons at La Perle, a trendy brasserie in Paris, just prior to the winter 2011/2012 fashion week.
After a couple went to the police, alleging the fashion designers racist insults at La Perle, a group of people came forward with video footage of Galliano slurring anti-Semitic comments at the same restaurant, just a couple months later.
In a video published by the UK's The Sun, it shows an intoxicated Galliano casting his offensive opinions to a group of people. When one of the female patrons asks him if he is blonde with blue eyes Galliano declares No, but I love Hitler. People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be [bleep] gassed.
The females, who are French and Italian, then ask Mr. Galliano if he has a problem and he spews: With you? You're ugly. The patrons then continue to probe: You don't want peace in the world?
Galliano firmly answers: Not with people that are ugly.
These unethical comments resulted in Galliano losing his position as creative director for the House of Dior and earned him a seat in a courtroom, charged with a hate crime, where he will be put on trial in Paris for these racist remarks on Wednesday, June 22nd.
If convicted, he will face up to 6 months in jail and fined €22,500 (USD $31,100). Galliano also made a counter-civil claim for defamation against the couple who accused him of the racist tirade.
Galliano checked into The Meadows, a rehabilitation facility in Arizona in March for drug and alcohol addiction, but is said to make his court proceeding tomorrow.
His attorney, Aurelien Hamelle told Reuters, One obvious thing is that John Galliano was ill. According to the New York Times, Galliano's defense in court will attribute his behavior to his addictions.
Hamelle states, Some things may have come out of his mouth that didn't come from his brain.
Actress Natalie Portman, Jewish herself and ironically the face of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, expressed her abhorrence at the anti-Semitism in a statement:
I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today...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 that is beautiful.
However, 'Sex & the City' stylist Patricia Field showed Galliano support, made in a statement to Women's Wear Daily:
People in fashion all they do is go and see John Galliano theater every season...John lives in theater. It's theater. It's farce. But people in fashion don't recognize the farce in it.
All of a sudden they don't know him. But it's OK when it's Mel Brooks' 'The Producers' singing Springtime for Hitler.'