The Official Statement:
“Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any antisemitic or racist words or behaviour,” Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano said in a statement.
”Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities,” the fashion house, part of billionaire Bernard Arnault’s LVMH luxury empire, said in the statement.
And an eye witness account of what actually occured courtesy of Sleek Mag:
This morning, the press went wild spreading blown up reports of John Galliano having been arrested last night and accused of assaulting a couple and voicing antisemistic statements. However, as our witnesses who were at “La Perle” around 10 PM when this so-called drama happened tell us, the story is far less dramatic. Here’s their first-hand version:On Thursday night at the posh fashion bar “La Perle” in Paris’ lively “Le Marais” quarter, the Dior head designer might have had a couple of glasses more than he should have. In fact, the designer was pretty drunk but rather in a jolly mood than in an aggressive one. Our witnesses tell us that the couple who sat next to him at the bar didn’t recognized the celebrity designer and started to insult him, mistaking him for a bum when he tried to strike up a conversation with them (Galliano’s personal style could be at fault here). On his joyful “cheers everybody!” the woman and her boyfriend replied “You’re ugly, you’re disgusting, move away from here!” as our eyewitnesses tell us. Galliano didn’t react to this statement and raised his glass with other bar guests. He then turned around to respond to the lady, saying: “You’re ugly and you’re fucking bag is ugly too.” The boyfriend of the women then got up from his chair and aggressively charged it to threaten the designer. Galliano’s bodyguard tried to quiet the situation, as did the staff from “La Perle”, but there was nothing more to do; Galliano and the couple exchanged further insults untill the couple called the police while Galliano calmed down and was peacefully smoking his cigarette. The end of the story, far less dramatic the the press reported, the police just talked to the designer while his bodyguard was on the phone with his lawyer and Galliano conceded to go with them to the police headquarters to give his version of the story, since the couple wanted to press charges. No big police arrest took place. As for the antisemistic statements, Galliano did call the man who threatened him with a chair “Asian”, which is indeed a racist statement. All in all, another dodgy fashionable night in the heart of Paris! What do we learn from this? Bad style can get you into legal trouble, and no matter how drunk, a designer can never see past an ugly bag!
courtesy of : http://10magazine.com/post/
Does "suspended" in Paris means the same as "fired" in New York !?
Fluff, wouldn't you agree that "suspention" is quite a dramatic response from the top though? It would be good to know that after 20 years at Dior Galliano's boss's got his back. Well, they are NOT! Some think Galliano must qiut. As for antisimetic remarks, I simply did not get what of antisimetic nature was said to an obviously very rude couple.
P.S. The things I say over a cup of orning coffe...I have no future in Fashion! LOL
A tempest in a tea cup. So many rumors in Paris as always. His body guard did not do his job, when your boss is drunk you keep an eye on him. So lets see, was that couple Asian, Jewish and Gay (La Perle ?) ? I would like to meet them....Asians are not exactly known for their sense of humor though...Ooops, fire me now fluff...
John will be back at work Monday.
OK, time again for a little translation from www.lespress.fr/styles/mode
The words were : Dirty Jewish face, you should be dead,
(sale tete de juif tu devrais etre morte) and Fuck you Asian bastard, I will kill you. (putain de batard asiatique je vais te tuer)
Asia represents 35% of Dior sale.
He is in trouble ! That by law is 6 months jail time.
That of course follows an other scandal by Jean Paul Guerlain, the nose at Guerlain who said last October and I quote : For once I worked like a N (as in N word)
Well he said I don't know if N ("N word" plurial) like to work actually...
A boycott was called on all Guerlain product and a law suit is coming by end of 2011.
My dear Fluff the French will never changed !Vive la revolution!
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