Posted on Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:10 AM PDT
John Galliano was suspended by Dior on Friday after three individuals accused him of racial abuse, and now the fashion designer is facing charges of defamation, injury, and menace along with potential jail time!
Galliano was arrested last Thursday for verbally assaulting Philippe Virgiti and GÃ©raldine Bloch at La Perle cafe in Paris, and a third unnamed person is filing charges against the designer for a similar incident that took place several months ago. The Sun has a video of Galliano drunkenly proclaiming, "I love Hitler ... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f*cking gassed." When the woman recording the video asks if he has a problem, he responds, "With you. You're ugly." It appears as though the woman in the video is the one who is now stepping forward, and Bloch and Virgiti accused Galliano of similar racial insults at the exact same bar.
Galliano is expected to meet with all three plaintiffs today, and his lawyer has reportedly produced three witness reports that state Galliano never made "any racist or anti-Semitic remarks." If convicted for insult, Galliano could face up to a year in prison and a fine of 22,500 euros (about $31,000), and if he's convicted of defamation, he faces a year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros (about $62,000).
Does he really deserve jail time?
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