Designer Galliano reportedly sues Dior over firing for anti-Semitism


Designer John Galliano reportedly has filed an $18.7 million lawsuit against Christian Dior, the fashion house that fired him for anti-Semitic speech.

On Tuesday, the website of the London-based The Daily Telegraph reported that Galliano “is believed” to have lodged an employee/employer dispute claim with the French labor court, with a Paris hearing scheduled for Feb. 4.

The Vogue website reported the following day that “a spokesperson” for Galliano “refused to comment on rumours” that Galliano had sued.

Christian Dior fired Galliano, a British national, last year after he was filmed making anti-Semitic statements at a Paris bar. Galliano stated his love for Adolf Hitler and told people he believed were Jewish that their mothers should have been gassed. He blamed his outbursts on addictions to drugs and alcohol.

On Aug. 20, the French government journal published a decree signed by French President Francois Hollande which said that Galliano, 51, may no longer wear the French Legion of Honor medal that he received in 2009.

Last year, a French court ruled that Galliano had made “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” in several incidents.

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Fashion designer John Galliano reportedly was stripped of his Legion of Honor medal because of anti-Semitic behavior.

The newspaper Le Point, among other French media, reported that a decree by French President Francois Hollande published last week on France’s official journal said Galliano, 51, may no longer wear the medal — France’s highest honor — which he received in 2009.

Last year Galliano, a British citizen, lost his job as design director at Christian Dior after he was filmed making anti-Semitic statements.

A French court later ruled he had made “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” in several incidents.

In one incident, Galliano at a Paris bar stated his love for Adolf Hitler and told people who he believed were Jewish that their mothers should have been gassed. He blamed his outbursts on addictions to drugs and alcohol.

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UPDATE: Christian Dior designer fired over anti-Semitic slurs [VIDEO]


British fashion designer John Galliano was fired by the Christian Dior fashion house after harassing a couple using anti-Semitic and racist slurs.

Galliano’s firing as chief designer for Christian Dior was announced Tuesday, just days after he was suspended from Dior.

Galliano’s harassing of the couple in a Paris bar came to light last week. On Monday, a video of Galliano saying he loves Hitler also came to light.

Actress Natalie Portman, who is the face of Dior perfume and is Jewish, said on Monday that she would not be associated with Galliano.

“I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today,” Portman said in a statement. “In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way.”

The video, posted on the website of Britain’s The Sun newspaper and on YouTube, shows Galliano yelling at a different couple at the same cafe at a different time, and captures him saying “I love Hitler.” He also tells the couple, “People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f**king gassed.”

Last week’s altercation, which resulted in Galliano’s suspension, took place Feb. 24 at a central bar in Paris between Galliano, who reportedly had been drinking, and a couple—a Jewish woman and an Asian man—whom he did not know.

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Galliano reportedly said, “dirty Jewish face, you should be dead” to Geraldine Bloch, 35, according to the French daily le Figaro, which had access to police reports with eyewitness accounts of the event.

Le Figaro reported that Galliano then grabbed Bloch by the hair and shouted at her companion, Philippe Virgiti, 41, “F**king Asian bastard, I will kill you.”

The sought-after designer was taken into custody, questioned by police and tested for blood-alcohol levels before being quickly released.

Galliano denies making any racist statements and filed an official complaint for libel one day later, on Feb. 25.

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