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Prosecutors ask for $14,400 fine in Galliano case
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PARIS (AP) - Prosecutors in France have asked for a fine of no less than euro10,000 ($14,400) for former Dior designer John Galliano who is on trial charged with making anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris cafe.
Galliano testified during his one-day trial Wednesday that he remembers nothing because addictions to alcohol, barbiturates and sleeping pills. He apologized for an anti-Semitic diatribe in a separate incident captured on video and posted on the Internet.
A verdict is expected at a later date.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
PARIS (AP) _ Former Dior designer John Galliano took the stand Wednesday and testified that he remembers nothing about allegedly using anti-Semitic slurs at a Paris cafe due to his “triple addiction” to alcohol, barbiturates and sleeping pills.
Galliano, however, apologized for spouting an anti-Semitic diatribe in a separate incident captured in video, posted on the Internet and shown to the court, saying these are not his views but reflect instead “the shell of John Galliano … someone who needs help.”
Charges that the outspoken British designer insulted several patrons of a Paris cafe with anti-Semitic remarks shocked the fashion world and cost Galliano his job at the renowned French high-fashion house.
Galliano’s appearance at the one-day trial put him in the public eye for the first time in months. In a conservative look for him, Galliano was dressed in black with a polka dot neckerchief, sporting a pencil mustache and long hair.
The 50-year-old designer is charged with “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” and could face up to six months in prison and up to euro22,500 ($32,175) in fines. The verdict is expected at a later date. French law prohibits public insults toward others because of their origins, race or religion.
Journalists, including fashion writers, packed the wooden benches in the paneled, gilded courtroom, which features a high ceiling painted with a woman holding the scales of justice. Television cameras were not allowed but zoomed in on Galliano as he went inside.
The famed designer was escorted to a front-row seat at the Justice Palace courtroom, sitting next to an interpreter as he faced the three judges who will decide his fate.
Presiding Judge Anne-Marie Sauteraud asked about the evening of Feb. 24, when Galliano allegedly derided a couple with anti-Semitic insults.
Galliano repeatedly said he remembered nothing.
“I have a triple addiction. I’m a recovering alcoholic and a recovering addict,” he testified in English when asked why his memory was blank. He said he started drinking in 2007 and became addicted to alcohol, barbiturates and sleeping pills.
After his detention by police in February, Galliano said he underwent rehabilitation treatment in Arizona for two months and also in Switzerland.
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