- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 22, 2011

PARIS (AP) - Former Dior designer John Galliano, dressed in black, went on trial Wednesday, charged with hurling anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris cafe _ allegations that shocked the fashion world and cost him his job at the renowned French high-fashion house.

Galliano, sporting a pencil mustache with his long hair hanging down his back, emerged from months out of sight for Wednesday’s proceedings.

Galliano is charged with “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” and could face up to six months in prison and euro22,500 ($32,175) in fines. The verdict is expected at a later date.

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