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John Galliano given lenient sentence for anti-Semitic outbursts


September 9, 2011/0.54

Former Dior designer John Galliano was fined a total of €6,000 for his anti-Semitic and racist outbursts in Paris in October 2010 and February 2011, but escaped any jail time.
   The court ordered Galliano to pay a symbolic €1 in damages—the €6,000 fine having been suspended—and costs to five anti-racist organizations represented at his June 22 trial.
   The costs are expected to be in the tens of thousands.
   The court, in imposing a lenient sentence on Galliano, said it took into account the designer’s apology and that his remarks were never intended for more than those around him.
   The prosecutor, Anne de Fontette, had sought a fine exceeding €10,000.
   Galliano had blamed his conduct on overwork and an addiction to alcohol and prescription drugs. He stated that he had sought medical help and that the remarks were out of character.
   Dior had sacked Galliano on the basis of its zero-tolerance policy against anti-Semitism and racism. The company also owns the John Galliano name, which means the designer cannot set up an eponymous label.

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