Former Dior Fashion Director Goes On Trial Fashion designer John Galliano goes on trial Wednesday on charges of anti-Semitism, a case that forced him out as Dior's fashion director and could result in prison time. The designer has since undergone substance abuse treatment and claims his outbursts were the result of inebriation.
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Former Dior Fashion Director Goes On Trial

ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

Eleanor Beardsley was at the courthouse today, and she sent us this report.

ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: Galliano's lawyer says his client was under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol during the incident and that his tirades were not a reflection of his true character. But Yves Beddouk, an attorney for one of the two plaintiffs, says Galliano shouldn't be let off that easily.

YVES BEDDOUK: (Through translation) First he attacked my client as a woman, by criticizing her physically. And then he topped it off with anti- Semitic and racist remarks to her and her partner. It went very, very far and his abuse lasted a long time.

BEARDSLEY: Genevieve Bulot was also outside the Galliano courtroom. She's not a reporter but the granddaughter of someone who was deported to a Nazi death camp.

GENEVIEVE BULOT: (Through translation) I don't care if he was drunk or if he's a creative artist. There is no excuse for treating Hitler and the Holocaust in this banal fashion. We see it everywhere now, and it simply can't be tolerated.

BEARDSLEY: Inside the courtroom, Galliano offered an apology but said he remembered nothing of the incidents. He called himself a recovering alcoholic and prescription drug addict. It is unclear when a verdict will be issued following Galliano's one-day trial, but Jessica Michault, online style editor for the International Herald Tribune, says the word on the street is that Galliano may be slapped with a financial penalty, but he won't do jail time.

JESSICA MICHAULT: He's lost his name, which is owned by LMVH, and he's no longer the creative director at Dior, the designer at Dior, which was basically his identity for the past 10 years.

BEARDSLEY: For NPR news, I'm Eleanor Beardsley in Paris.

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