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Originally Posted by MaggieTheCat View Post
Another side of the story:


I don't know about this version - why would Dior suspend him if this is all that happened?

Then again if he is racist it's kind of hard to imagine that he's been in the public eye for twenty years and this is the first we've heard of it

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Originally Posted by daisyhawkins View Post
I don't know about this version - why would Dior suspend him if this is all that happened?

Then again if he is racist it's kind of hard to imagine that he's been in the public eye for twenty years and this is the first we've heard of it
Well once it hits the press Dior can't be seen to do nothing about it. Hopefully it has just been blown out of proportion and he didn't say those things as there seem to be conflicting accounts.

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John GALLIANO suspended from DIOR
From the guardian newspaper:

Christian Dior has suspended its star British fashion designer John Galliano after he was arrested for an alleged assault and making antisemitic remarks after a late-night drinking session.

Galliano was escorted home by French police late on Thursday after what police said was a drinking session that ended with him hurling insults at a couple.

The chief executive of Dior, Sidney Toledano, said Galliano had been removed from his post. "Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any antisemitic or racist words or behaviour. Pending the results of the inquiry Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities."

The flamboyant designer was arrested in the Marais district after allegedly verbally accosting a couple sitting on a cafe terrace.

Galliano had been drinking at a bar beforehand. He was arrested and taken to a police station, where a sobriety test showed him to be just over the legal limit.

Police took him to his home without filing any charges. He was released on the recommendation of the state prosecutor.

One police source told Reuters the outburst had been prompted by stress before the upcoming Paris fashion week at which Dior's show is always in the spotlight.

Galliano, 50, took the creative reins of Dior in 1996. He has been based in Paris for 20 years and is a regular face in the Marais district, where he has often been seen driving an old-fashioned yellow taxi.

The area is the historic centre of the Jewish community in Paris and was heavily targeted in the deportation roundups of the Nazi occupation. In recent years its narrow streets have been taken over by fashionable shops and bars.

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I am in shock and hope the magazine version of events is the truth. Still, what a prat.

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so is there going to be a Dior show this season?

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I don't know but Karlie Kloss should be worried.

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Talk about bad timing, but impressed that Dior stepped up like this just before fashion week instead of waving it away because he's the big designer and all.. it serves him right

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Wow!!! After reading the thread title quips starting popping in my head but after reading the article that went away given the nature of the subject matter. I definitely believe in due process and my beloved Galliano should get it but I respect the folks at Dior for taking the matter seriously and taking such a strong and swift action, especially at this time and assuming that they had a sound basis, and showing that certain behaviors are not tolerated.

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I think this is temporary, can't believe they're gonna fire him!
What Galliano did was definitely despicable though

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I have a feeling this could be permanent

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This is just weird. I mean, the suspension...

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of all the offensive things he's done at finally took something like that to actually suspend him. wow. and he's a jerk,btw. he's always been an ego maniac who thinks everyone should bow to him.

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Originally Posted by iluvjeisa View Post
This is just weird. I mean, the suspension...
they needed to take some action to preserve in some way the image of the brand, no?

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Dior suspends John Galliano over 'anti-Semitic' row

John Galliano has been preparing for Paris Fashion Week
Fashion house Dior has suspended its British creative director John Galliano over claims he racially abused a couple in a Paris restaurant.

Police briefly detained Mr Galliano on Thursday night after the couple accused him of making anti-Semitic remarks. He also allegedly traded slaps with them.

A lawyer for the 50-year-old designer said he denied the allegations.

Dior said it had "zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour".

The firm's chief executive Sidney Toledano said in a statement: "Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities."

Mr Galliano took over the creative helm at the company in 1996.

He has been awarded the title of British Fashion Designer of the Year on four occasions.

'Drinking heavily'
Making anti-Semitic remarks is punishable in France by up to six months in prison.

"For the moment we don't know what led him to address the couple," an unnamed police source told AFP.

"We don't yet know if they knew each other or not."

Police said the designer had drunk the equivalent of up to two bottles of wine.

"We don't know the precise nature of the incident but Mr Galliano was detained after a couple made a complaint last night," a Paris police spokesman said.

"The level of alcohol in his blood was tested and he was then released. He had been drinking quite heavily."

Mr Galliano's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, told AFP that the designer "formally denies the accusations of anti-Semitism made against him".

Mr Zerbib said his client would take legal action against those making such accusations.

Thursday night's incident is believed to have occurred on a cafe terrace in the Marais district, which has historic associations with the Jewish community and with the gay community in more recent years.

A "wall of names" memorial was recently installed in the quarter to commemorate the 76,000 Jews deported from France during World War II.


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