Paris court fines Galliano $8,400 for anti-Semitic insults
Christian Dior designer found guilty, claims he had been under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs and couldn't recall the incidents in question.
A Paris court has convicted former Christian Dior designer John Galliano for making anti-Semitic insults and gave him a suspended sentence of €6,000 ($8,400) in fines.
Galliano was given no prison time. He does not have to pay the fine, and did not attend Thursday's court proceedings.
The Paris court found him guilty of "public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" stemming from two separate incidents at a Paris bar.
The accusations cost Galliano his job at the luxury house and roiled the fashion world.
Galliano said he had been under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs and couldn't recall the incidents in question.
Earlier this year, a video posted on the website of British daily The Sun showed Galliano arguing with a couple at La Perle. It was unclear when the video was recorded, but in it, he was dressed differently than on Thursday. At one point in the video, starting in mid-conversation, a woman's voice asks Galliano, "Are you blond, with blue eyes?"
Galliano, speaking in slurred speech, replied: "No, but I love Hitler, and people like you would be dead today. Your mothers, your forefathers, would be ... gassed and ... dead."
Galliano testified that he had been under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs and couldn't recall the incidents in question. He said he was sorry "for the sadness that this whole affair has caused."
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