Galliano in 2005
Renowned fashion house Christian Dior has temporarily suspended John Galliano due to allegations of anti-semitism. While dining at a Paris cafe Thursday evening, Galliano was apparently involved in a verbal altercation where alleged racist comments were uttered by the couturier prompting an immediate police investigation. In a swift response to the allegations and Galliano's detaining by Parisian police, Sidney Toledano, Christian Dior's president and chief executive officer, announced the suspension due to a "zero tolerance" policy regarding racism and anti-Semitism. "Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities."
As of now, John Galliano's lawyer, Stéphane Zerbib, has announced the couturier's prompt denial of any alleged accusations. “They said bad things against him. He said bad things against them. And that’s all,” said Zerbib. “Afterwards, the police came and the story’s closed, and that’s all…. He never used against anyone anti-Semitic words or racist words, as it is not his way.”
Galliano has been preparing for the imminent Paris Fashion Week to present the new Dior autumn/winter ready-to-wear collection on March 4 as well as a set for his own eponymous label on March 6.