John Galliano Blaming Drugs for Anti-Semitic Tirade

Booted fashion whiz testifies today in Paris
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jun 22, 2011 3:20 AM CDT
Updated Jun 22, 2011 4:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – Fashion whiz John Galliano will blame drugs and claim amnesia today at his Paris trial for an anti-Semitic tirade against a Jewish customer in a local bar. The axed Dior creative director had a "triple addiction to alcohol, Valium, and sleeping pills," his attorney told Reuters. “The combined effect of these drugs is a state of complete and utter abandon." Galliano, 50, was "baffled" when he saw video of himself last year praising Hitler and blasting invectives at a museum curator sitting next to him in the bar, said the lawyer.

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"Every witness has said he was in an abnormal condition," he added. Galliano started popping pills "like candy" due to tremendous pressure from Dior to turn a profit while also managing his own fashion line, his lawyer claims. Galliano has apologized for his rant. If found guilty of hate-speech charges against him, he faces up to six months in prison and $32,000 in fines. (Read more anti-Semitism stories.)

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