DesignTracker| Suspended Dior designer John Galliano will meet his accuser Geraldine Bloch today, as ordered by the public prosecutor’s office in Paris. Galliano has denied all accusations in last week’s incident at a Paris cafe La Perle and has since filed a counterclaim for defamation, injury and menace against the couple.
A new video of the designer emerged this morning, filmed by people at La Perle, who have also filed a separate complaint against John Galliano, over incidents occuring another evening at the cafe.
The man who filmed Galliano told The Sun:
“Galliano was sitting alone nursing his drink, when a few of us sat at the next table.”
“Galliano kept intruding, throwing in comments about us and what we were saying. We knew who he was. He’s instantly recognizable. We were stunned by what Galliano was saying, but then he started making vile anti-Semitic comments. His words were disgusting. He made it clear the Italian girls weren’t welcome and should go home. This was pure racism.”
In the video John Galliano was filmed declaring “I love Hitler”. One of the women asks him if he doesn’t want peace in the world. Galliano reponds “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f*cking gassed.”
When one of the women asks him if he has a problem, he reponds:
“With you. You’re ugly.” Then Galliano calls her as a**hole.
Women’s Wear writes that Galliano had recently “shrugged off suggestions he seek assistance to help kick his drinking habit.”
Under French law, the penalty for defamation can be one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros, or $61,884 at current exchange, or either one of those punishments. For insult, the sentence may be six months imprisonment and a fine of 22,500 euros, or $30,942, or one of those penalties.
In France, legislation against racism was adopted in 1972. However, decades before that, in 1939, the Marchandeau law had been put into effect to prohibit racist verbal abuse. “It was born in the climate of anti-Semitic hatred that preceded the war and in the context of anti-Semitic propaganda,” explained Jean-Paul Levy, a lawyer in Paris, noting that racist and anti-Semitic acts in France are on the rise today. via WWD