John Galliano Allegedly Assaults a Couple; Suspended from Dior

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Published February 25, 2011

 

GALLIANO LAST MAY. PHOTO BY JEN ATKIN

John Galliano may be joining Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan as new, haute-couture company in the world of celebrity meltdowns. According to a report by Reuters, Christian Dior has suspended the beleaguered designer for making allegedly anti-Semitic and racist remarks during a booze-fueled spat at upscale Marais café La Perle, on Thursday evening. Details of the fight remain murky at best, but Galliano has been accused of accosting a female patron after insults were traded. Galliano was taken to the police station and then escorted home; and Dior’s CEO, Sidney Toledano, has invoked the fashion house’s “zero-tolerance policy towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behavior” in response to the recent accusations. Galliano has been chief designer at Dior since 1996.

Things had been coming up roses for Galliano of late: his fall 2010 and spring 2011 couture collections garnered immense critical acclaim, and Kate Moss announced this week that he is set to design the dress for her upcoming summer wedding. We await more news of Galliano’s fate—and that of the scheduled Dior show at Milan Fashion Week on March 4—with breath that is bated, and under the legal limit.

[Reuters, Vogue UK, Telegraph]