Saturday 17 March 2018

‘Dior preparing to fire John Galliano’

Fashion designer John Galliano arrives at a police station in Paris (AP)
Fashion designer John Galliano arrives at a police station in Paris (AP)

Christian Dior have allegedly started procedures to fire John Galliano.

The flamboyant designer was arrested last week after following an argument in the Marais area of Paris during which he allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks. Following the allegations he was suspended from his role as creative director of the luxury fashion house, although he insisted there was no truth in the remarks and he would be suing for defamation.

On Friday Christian Dior suspended Galliano pending an inquiry, and according to Sky News, the company has now started the procedure to relieve Galliano of his post.

“I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the values which have always been defended by Christian Dior,” Sidney Toledano, executive of Dior, said in a statement.

A new complaint was filed against the designer on Saturday by a lady saying John made anti-Semitic remarks to her in October 2010 at a Paris bar, and yesterday a video hit the internet in which a man purported to be John was heard saying he approved of the persecution of Jews during World War II.

"I love Hitler," says the man in the clip. "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f**king gassed."

The 50-year-old designer had been due to unveil his latest collection for the top French label at Paris Fashion Week this month.

Yesterday, Natalie Portman released a strongly-worded statement distancing herself from Galliano. She is the face of Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, but slammed the designer.

“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way,” she said.

"I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful."

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