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John Galliano Trial In Paris Set To Start Today

Wed, June 22, 2011 8:49am EDT by Katrina Mitzeliotis 1 Comment

The designer, who is currently undergoing rehab for alcohol and prescription drug abuse, is due in court today where he will face charges of public insult.

John Galliano is set to appear at the Palais de Justice in Paris this afternoon where the designer is likely to provide testimony regarding his long-standing battle with substance abuse. WWD reports that Galliano is still undergoing treatment for excessive drinking and use of prescription medication.

Galliano was arrested on Feb. 24 after making racial slurs, which eventually led to his demise at both Christian Dior and his namesake label under the fashion house.

The controversy surrounding the story grew when a video of Galliano drunk, spewing an anti-Semitic rant, surfaced. While the footage was shocking, it is not going to be used in the trial because the owner of the video never came forward with a complaint.

Galliano will face three judges and the trial is set to address two isolated incidents — one from Feb. 24 of this year and one from Oct. 8, 2010. The hearing is set to last four to five hours, although a judgement is unlikely til the Fall.

If convicted, the designer could face up to six months of imprisonment and a fine of $32,390.

Katrina Mitzeliotis

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