Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Galliano fired by Dior

Text by Grazia -

John Galliano has been fired with immediate effect from his position of creative director at the house of Christian Dior.

The forced departure of Galliano comes as a consequence of his arrest for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks and assaulting a couple in a Paris café.

The dismissal comes as a second complaint alleging anti-Semitic verbal assault was filed against Galliano as a video surfaced of him expressing these sentiments.

During the short video recording, released by the British newspaper The Sun, Galliano is seated in a Paris cafe and asked by a woman, "Are you blond, with blue eyes?" to which he replies: "No, but I love Hitler, and people like you would be dead today. Your mothers, your forefathers, would be...gassed and...dead."

The French newspaper Le Parisien got hold of Dior’s official statement announcing Galliano’s departure.

"Today, based on the odious behavior and the comments made by John Galliano in a video made public on Monday, the Christian Dior house has decided to lay him off and commence the formal termination procedure," it read.

Dior’s CEO Sidney Toledano told WWD: "I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior."

Galliano has been at Dior since 1996.

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