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John Galliano To Stand Trial In French Criminal Court

Wed, March 2, 2011 2:53pm EDT by Katrina Mitzeliotis 4 Comments
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Whether or not the designer is heading to rehab, he will definitely be tried in court for his disgraceful behavior

After John Galliano‘s drunken outrage in Paris at the La Perle cafe on Feb. 24, where the designer allegedly assaulted a couple calling them racist and anti-Semitic remarks, he will now report to French criminal court in the second quarter (between April and June). The latest reports addressed the designer’s drinking and drug use, and even claims that he has left Paris to check into rehab — but does the latest update mean he may serve time in jail?

The couple, Géraldine Bloch and Philippe Virgiti, filed charges against the designer last Thursday after the incident. Police sources say Galliano was very drunk, with an alcohol reading of 1.01 milligrams of alcohol per liter of exhaled air.

Galliano claims he never made the racist or anti-Semitic slurs and has statements from witnesses to back his case, leading the designer to file claim of defamation, insult and menace against the couple.

Previous reports claim he could serve time for his shocking outburst. Under French law, the penalty for defamation can be a year in prison, a fine of 45,000 euros (which is $61,884), or both. For insult, he could face six months imprisonment and a fine of 22,500 euros (which is $30,942), or one of those penalties.

Katrina Mitzeliotis