John Galliano anti-Jewish rant trial opens in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011
John Galliano

John Galliano

John Galliano's trial has opened in Paris.

The fashion designer is in court charged with making public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.

Mr Galliano could face a fine of up to £21,000 if he is convicted or even a six-month stint in prison.

The designer, who was sacked by Christian Dior following reports of an anti-Jewish outburst at a Paris bar earlier this year, was wearing a polka-dot scarf and black jacket for his court appearance.

His lawyer is expected to argue that Mr Galliano was under the influence of several drugs when he allegedly called Geraldine Bloch a "dirty Jew"

Court papers revealed that Mr Galliano's chauffeur was so accustomed to his antagonistic behaviour that he knew to immediately telephone his lawyer.

The case is expected to close by the end of the day, with a ruling within the next three months.

Last updated: 3:17pm, June 22 2011