French prosecutors announced Wednesday that it has launched proceedings against John Galliano, suspected of anti-Semitic remarks in a bar in the Marais district in Paris.
The prosecutors said he will face allegations of “public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” against three people. John Galliano could face up to six months in prison.
Wednesday night, his lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, denouncing “a veritable lynching” of his client, said Canal Plus television that John Galliano “is not pursued with regard to the video” posted on the internet in which he says he praises Adolf Hitler, but only for the insults against three people in the Parisian cafe.
Wednesday afternoon, the British designer had apologized in a statement released by his lawyers in London. “Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offence,” says the stylist.
Galliano also said he was “subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing” during the altercation.
“Since the events of last Thursday evening I have not been able to make any public comment on what took place based upon advice from my French lawyer,” said Galliano.
“However, given the continuing delays at the French Prosecutor’s Office I should make my position clear … I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the police investigation.”
But an apology is not enough for Dior. The French fashion house announced Tuesday that they will fire their celebrity stylist, after the release of the video, after 14 years with the company.