John Galliano Sentenced For Anti-Semitic Rant

On Thursday, former Christian Dior designer John Galliano was convicted for making anti-Semitic insults outside a Paris cafe earlier this year. He’s been given a suspended sentence of $8,400 in fines, which means it goes on his criminal record but he does not have to pay it.

He was, however, ordered to pay $23,200 in court fees to the complainants — three individuals and five anti-racism associations — plus a symbolic $1.40 in damages to each one.

“Despite the triple addiction from which he was suffering, he was lucid enough to be conscious of his acts,” tribunal president Anne-Marie Sauteraud said, reading out the court’s decision in a Paris courtroom on Thursday.

The incident and Galliano’s arrest last June cost the 50-year-old designer his job at the esteemed fashion house — with peers ranging from Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld, and Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, a Dior spokesmodel, publicly blasting his behavior. He will reportedly be replaced by Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs.

Galliano — born to a Spanish mother in the British Iberian enclave of Gibraltar — has denied allegations that he is a racist. Instead, he blames the tirade that rocked The Fashion World on his addiction to alcohol, for which he entered rehab last spring. The court explained its relatively lenient decision by referring to Galliano’s lack of criminal convictions, his previous regard for respect and tolerance, and the treatment for drug and alcohol addiction he has sought since his arrest.

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