Designer John Galliano Loses £10 Million Unfair Dismissal Case Against Dior
Infamous fashion designer John Galliano on Tuesday lost a £10 million unfair dismissal case against Dior after he was fired by the fashion house for making anti-Semitic remarks, the UK’s Daily Mail reported.
Judges ordered Galliano, 54, to pay a symbolic 1 Euro to both Dior and the John Galliano label, which is owned by the luxury group LVMH. Galliano’s lawyer Chantal Giraud-van Gaver said her client was “very disappointed” by the ruling and might appeal, according to the report.
Dior suspended and then fired Galliano as creative director of the brand in 2011 after he was caught on camera telling a woman, whom he thought was Jewish, that he “loves Hitler” and that her parents should have been “gassed.” The video was filmed in December 2010 at the restaurant La Perle and uploaded online in February 2011. It shows Galliano sitting alone at a table, with a drink in his hand, as he tells two unidentified Italian women, “People like you ought to be dead, your mothers, your forefathers would all be ****ing gassed. I love Hitler.”
When one of the women asked Galliano, “Do you have a problem?” he replied, “With you, you’re ugly.” The same woman then asked “Where are you from?” and Galliano answered, “Your ****hole.”
Galliano pleaded guilty to two counts of making anti-Semitic remarks in public during a court appearance in June 2011. The following September Galliano was given two suspended fines totaling 6,000 euros. The designer avoided jail time after blaming his comments on drink and drug abuse, the Daily Mail reported.
Judge Anne-Marie Sauteraud said the damages and fine reflected Galliano’s lack of previous convictions and attempts to overcome his drug and alcohol addiction.
Galliano told the court, “They are not views that I hold or believe in. I apologize for the sadness this whole affair has caused.”