John Galliano's glittering fashion career is hanging by a thread today as he faces multiple lawsuits over two alleged anti-Semitic rants and the emergence of a video which showed him saying: "I love Hitler."
The video appeared online as the designer was summoned to a meeting in a French police station with the Parisian couple who made a formal legal complaint against him for allegedly insulting them in racist and anti-Semitic terms last week. Another French woman has also began proceedings against Galliano over a third incident involving allegations of anti-Semitism last autumn.
Although the 50-year-old denies the allegations, he has been suspended as head designer by Christian Dior.
The fashion house may terminate his contract altogether following the emergence of a film of a drunken tirade in December in the same Paris bar where he was arrested last Thursday. Clearly inebriated and slurring his words, Galliano can be seen in the video butting into a conversation at the table next to him at La Perle bar near his home. "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f***ing gassed," he says in the video, which was shot by one of the people he was insulting, before adding: "I love Hitler."
The film bears a striking resemblance to claims made by Geraldine Bloch (35) and Philippe Virgitti (41).
Galliano is alleged to have told Mrs Bloch, an art historian: ''You're so ugly I can't bear looking at you. You're wearing cheap boots. You've got no hair, your eyebrows are ugly, you're ugly, you're nothing but a whore." He then called her a "Jewish c***, even though she is not Jewish. Galliano is alleged to have told Mr Virgitti: 'F***ing Asian bastard, I'll kill you."
Galliano's lawyer said no witnesses reported hearing the alleged insults and the designer was planning to sue the couple.