Posted on Wed Mar 2, 2011 09:45 AM PDT
After being let go from his coveted job as lead designer at Christian Dior, due to anti-Semitic slurs he's made, John Galliano has released a formal apology to all those he may have offended.
Galliano released a statement Wednesday expressing:
- "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. 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. A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the police that I 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."
The designer goes on to say:
- "For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me. However, I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people. I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light. I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people's understanding and compassion."
Thankfully Galliano has decided to seek treatment, he reveals:
- "To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people's forgiveness."
The designer reportedly left France Wednesday to enter a rehabilitation facility for alcohol abuse, according to the New York Times. While it is unknown exactly where he is seeking treatment, it's been rumored the designer is at The Meadows facility in Wickenberg, Ariz., where Donatella Versace and Elton John have also been treated.
Christian Dior's fall/winter fashion show will go on this week as planned, without it's former creative designer. A replacement has not yet been announced for Galliano.
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