"Dior's reaction was extremely excessive"
Shortly after being targeted with allegations of anti-semitism Thursday evening, Dior's John Galliano has responded "firmly and formally" denying any accusations and set forth a defamation claim of his own. According to his lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, Galliano ventured to Paris' third arrondissement midnight Friday to formally provide three witnesses to corroborate his claims of innocence. Not only did the couturier intend to prove his integrity, Galliano swiftly entered a claim of defamation of character and injury against the couple, identified as Géraldine Bloch and Philippe Virgiti, and is awaiting a decision by Parisian police.
Meanwhile, John Galliano is stunned by Dior's harsh decision to remove him from his responsibilities as head couturier pending the outcome of anti-semetic allegations. “Dior's reaction was extremely excessive. He is not guilty and is not embroiled in a court case or anything. He feels it is a decision that has been made without verification of the facts and based on one side of the story and he is very shocked about that", Zerbib said.
John Galliano has been Dior's head designer since being appointed in October 1996.