Fashion Week is glamming up NYC, but elsewhere, John Galliano is not having a good day. The designer, who lost his job at Christian Dior after hurling anti-Semitic insults in a Paris bar, will now also have it on his criminal record.
The LA Times reports that Galliano was sentenced to a suspended fine of $8,400 — which he will not be required to pay — but no prison time. Though a prison sentence was a possibility, the judges decided that because Galliano had apologized to the victims, sought substance abuse treatment, and is “generally, neither racist nor anti-Semitic” he “did not deserve a prison term.”
Galliano claims that due to a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol, he does not remember the outbursts, which occurred in Oct. 2010 and Feb. 2011. In a separate incident, he also said, “I love Hitler,” on a video which was released by The Sun.
Convicted of “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity,” Galliano is now ordered to pay $23,200 in legal fees to the eight complainants and an additional “symbolic” one euro ($1.40) to each victim.