(Getty Images) John Galliano
Just one week before Dior's March 4th Fall 2011 show, the esteemed French house finds itself suddenly without a creative director. John Galliano
has been suspended from his role until investigations can be completed regarding the designer's alleged anti-semitic remarks.
The incident reportedly took place in a cafe in Paris' trendy Marais district. Galliano was enjoying a few drinks when he started chatting up a couple at a nearby table. They mistook him for a homeless man, insulted him and that's where the scuffle started. At first, Galliano simply said "Cheers, everybody!" but the couple wasn't having it and choice words were exchanged.
The result is unclear. Some eyewitnesses say the entire event was calm, others said it was quite heated. Galliano's actual words are also up for debate, with anything from an Asian comment to an entire anti-semitic tirade being tossed around. Galliano was the only one arrested after the scuffle. Dior released this statement about the event: Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour. Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities.
Hopefully Galliano didn't actually make those remarks and this is all a big misunderstanding. We'd hate for him to be absent on the 4th!
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