John Galliano Arrested After Anti-Semitic Rant

Fashion designer faces assault charges

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 25, 2011 9:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Fashion designer John Galliano was arrested last night after allegedly going on an anti-Semitic rant and attacking a couple at a French cafe. Galliano, the chief designer at Christian Dior since 1996, was believed to have had a lot to drink at a bar in Paris's Marais district, known as the home of the Jewish community, before going off the rails. "Witnesses said he swore heavily, using anti-Jewish insults, before attacking a couple," a police source tells the Telegraph. Christian Dior suspended Galliano pending the outcome of the investigation, which could spell trouble for the fashion house's March 4 show.

Galliano, who was once named one of the most influential gay people in Britain, is often seen around the Marais. He was released last night, but faces criminal assault charges.

In this Jan. 21, 2011 file photo, British fashion designer John Galliano appears at the end of his men's fall-winter 2011/2012 fashion collection presented in Paris.
In this Jan. 21, 2011 file photo, British fashion designer John Galliano appears at the end of his men's fall-winter 2011/2012 fashion collection presented in Paris.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer John Galliano, as part of the Christian Dior Fall-Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture collection, in Paris, Monday July 5, 2010.
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer John Galliano, as part of the Christian Dior Fall-Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture collection, in Paris, Monday July 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer John Galliano, as part of the Christian Dior Fall-Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture collection, in Paris, Monday July 5, 2010.
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer John Galliano, as part of the Christian Dior Fall-Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture collection, in Paris, Monday July 5, 2010.   (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer John Galliano as part of his ready to wear spring-summer 2011 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010.
A model presents a creation by British fashion designer John Galliano as part of his ready to wear spring-summer 2011 fashion collection, presented in Paris, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
A model  wears a creation of British fashion designer John Galliano Men's fall-winter 2011/2012 fashion collection presented in Paris, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.
A model wears a creation of British fashion designer John Galliano Men's fall-winter 2011/2012 fashion collection presented in Paris, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
British fashion designer John Galliano appears at the end of the show for Dior's Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.
British fashion designer John Galliano appears at the end of the show for Dior's Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011 fashion collection presented in Paris, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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