John Galliano has been suspended from Dior after allegedly verbally abusing a couple who were sitting on a café terrace in Paris’s Marais district last night. According to sources, Galliano is also alleged to have made anti-Semitic remarks.
Galliano was briefly detained by police, who found that he had been drinking alcohol. Following the arrest, Galliano was released by police, pending charges being filed. Police are currently investigating the case, which will then be handed over for examination in the Paris public prosecutor’s office, one of its spokeswomen said. A French police source told the AFP: “For the moment, we don’t know what led him to address the couple. We don’t yet know if they knew each other or not.”
In the last hour, Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano has issued a statement: “Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behavior. Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities.”