Ex-Christian Dior fashion designer John Galliano goes on trial today in the wake of accusations of anti-Semitic comments against at least three people. Galliano, at one time famous for his creative work but now infamous for his alleged slanderous comments, faces a six-month jail term and a fine of 22,500 euros after allegedly praising Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and making anti-Semitic remarks.
John Galliano faces trial over two different incidents, after the second of which he was taken to a police station and was found to have a high level of alcohol in his blood, according to authorities at the time. While we don’t feel it necessary to transcribe Galliano’s remarks, you can see the video that was released on February 28th here. (Warning, the video contains offensive language and views.) Galliano is not being charged over the statements in this video as the couple involved chose not to press charges.
While Galliano apologized after the video was released, it did little to quash the damage that had been done. After being fired from the fashion house, Christian Dior condemned his “deeply offensive statements and conduct.”
The trial Wednesday is expected to last several hours, and that no verdict will be reached after the first day. It’s always saddening to see the great fall, especially after years of contributions to their industry, as is the case with Galliano. But the question remains as to whether or not he’ll have a chance at redemption, or whether anyone wants him to have that chance. While what John Galliano said was unforgivable, will he be able to rectify his actions?