John Galliano to sue couple accusing him of making Asian slurs

Sunday, February 27, 2011

NEW YORK - John Galliano’s lawyer has said that he will file a defamation lawsuit against the couple accusing him of making anti-Semitic remarks.

The British fashion icon is planning to sue the couple after they claimed he hurled anti-Semitic slurs at them at a restaurant in Paris, resulting in his suspension as head designer of Christian Dior, reports the New York Daily News.

“There was an altercation,” Galliano’s lawyer Stephane Zerbib said. “Mr. Galliano was verbally attacked, but at no point did he make any such insults, and we have witness testimony that backs this up.”

The heated exchange occurred Thursday at La Perle cafe in the trendy Marais district, which has historically been the home of the area’s Jewish community.

The female victim, who has requested that she remain anonymous, told Europe 1 that Galliano sat down at a table next to her and a male friend of Asian decent around 9 p.m. The designer then ordered a mojito and called the woman a “b—h”.

The woman said as she called the cops, the 50-year-old designer continued, “Dirty Jewish face, you should be dead. F—–g Asian bastard, I will kill you.” The woman said she had no idea who Galliano was until a nearby diner told her.

Galliano was briefly arrested and detained by police, but pending the results of the inquiry, he was immediately suspended by Christine Dior.

In France making anti-Semitic remarks is punishable by up to six months in prison. But so far, no charges have been filed against Galliano. (ANI)

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