Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Galliano says he is 'seeking help'

Fashion designer John Galliano is 'seeking help' following his alleged racist comments

Designer John Galliano, who was sacked by fashion house Dior over alleged racist comments, has apologised "unreservedly" for his behaviour and said he is "seeking help".

It came as prosecutors in Paris announced the British fashion guru would go on trial later this year over an incident last week.

He could face up to six months in prison and up to £19,000 in fines, if convicted.

Galliano was axed by Dior following his arrest in Paris on suspicion of assault and anti-Semitism.

In a statement, he accepted the accusations "have greatly shocked and upset people".

He said he wanted to "address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people's forgiveness".

And he acknowledged he would get "help". The New York Times reported that friends had persuaded him to go to rehab.

Galliano was suspended from Dior after allegedly launching an attack on a couple sitting on a cafe terrace in Paris. It followed a late-night drinking session in the upmarket Marais district.

Police said he had drunk the equivalent of two bottles of wine when he was arrested.

Footage later emerged of a separate incident which appeared to show him abusing drinkers in a bar and telling them "I love Hitler".

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