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Galliano sacked by his own label as trial nears

THE career of John Galliano, the British fashion designer, took a turn for the worse last night when he was sacked by his own label.

His ejection from his eponymous brand came after he was removed as creative director of Christian Dior over alleged anti-Semitic remarks during a row in a Paris bar.

The board of the John Galliano label, which is 91pc-owned by Christian Dior, decided to hand over design duties to his in-house team.

Christian Dior is considering the long-term future of the label, and is understood to have received unsolicited interest in the business.

In February, Galliano was arrested over accusations that he had hurled racist and anti-Semitic abuse at Geraldine Bloch (35) and her companion Philippe Virgiti (41) outside La Perle, a Paris cafe.

A video clip later surfaced online in which he is seen outside the same cafe telling two Italian women: "People like you ought to be dead, your mothers, your forefathers would all be f****** gassed. I love Hitler."

He is due to stand trial in Paris in June on charges of "public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" against three people. He faces a prison sentence of up to six months and a €22,500 fine if found guilty.

Galliano has denied any wrongdoing, saying: "Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologise for my behaviour in causing any offence." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent