Former Dior Designer John Galliano Found Guilty of Anti-Semitic Remarks
The law has spoken: John Galliano, formerly of Christian Dior, was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks.
The fashion world exploded earlier this year when John Galliano, formerly Christian Dior’s head designer, went on not one, but two racist rants in a Paris bar. And for the curious: Yes, he was in the same bar both times. His anti-Semitic tirades led to his arrest, and shortly thereafter, Dior suspended, then dismissed him.
Galliano was brought to court over his hate crimes in Paris. The trial began on June 22, and today, the verdict is in: Galliano was found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks. For the first incident—the one that got him arrested in the first place—he was charged a €4,000 fine (roughy $5,700); he was also ordered to pay two of the plaintiffs €1 as, in the words of Forbes, “an expression of regret.” An additional fine of €2,000 was suspended for the second incident, which had occurred previously and only became public knowledge when a video of it surfaced; if Galliano fails to comply with court orders, he’ll have to cough up that additional fee as well.
Interestingly, Galliano’s sentence is significantly less severe than most of us thought it was going to be. Hate crimes are a big deal, and when it was first reported that the designer would face trial for the incidents, the Financial Times wrote that if found guilty, he could end up jailed for six months and fined €22,500 (roughly $31,187). Instead, he’s facing no jail time, and he’s been fined only a fifth of what he could have been. Also, what’s the deal with the €1 “expression of regret”? Is a heartfelt apology really only worth €1? This seems weird, to say the least. But the law has spoken, and so it stands.
Tell us: Did the court go too easy on Galliano?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.