September 20, 2020

Court convicts Galliano in anti-Semitism case

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PARIS (AP) — A Paris court convicted former Christian Dior designer John Galliano on Thursday for making anti-Semitic insults in a bar but gave him only a suspended sentence, taking into account his apology to the victims.

Galliano, who didn’t attend the announcement of the verdict, was given no prison time. He was given a suspended euro6,000 ($8,400) fine, which means it goes on his criminal record but he does not have to pay it.

The Paris court found him guilty of “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” stemming from two separate incidents at a Paris bar.

The accusations earlier this year cost Galliano his job at the luxury house and roiled the fashion world.

Galliano said he had been under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs at the time and couldn’t recall the incidents in question.

The judge said the court found Galliano had “sufficient awareness of his act despite his addiction and his fragile state.” But the court also took into account that he apologized to the plaintiffs during the June trial and noted the “values of tolerance” in his work. His lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle, called it “a really strong sign from the court.”

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