John Galliano to be prosecuted for alleged racism

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011
John Galliano

John Galliano

Fashion designer John Galliano is to be prosecuted over his allegedly racist comments in a Paris café.

A spokesman for the Paris Prosecutor's Office said the designer would face trial later this year, after he was caught on video professing his love for Adolf Hitler and making anti-Jewish slurs at female tourists.

The British couturier, who has been sacked from his role as chief designer for Christian Dior, said in a statement today that he denied the claims but that he fully accepted the comments had “greatly shocked and upset people”.

Mr Galliano, who is understood to be seeking treatment at a rehabilitation clinic in Arizona, added: “I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures.”

    Last updated: 5:49pm, March 2 2011