John Galliano Apologizes for Behavior, Faces Criminal Charges for Alleged Outburst

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British designer John Galliano


One day after he was dismissed by Christian Dior over allegations of anti-Semitic outbursts, John Galliano released a statement expressing regret for his recent behavior. (via WSJ)

“I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people’s understanding and compassion,” Galliano wrote. The apology comes as Paris prosecutors announced that the former creative director for Dior would stand criminal trial over his remarks.

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However, Galliano maintained his innocence in the matter, “completely” denying the specific claims that have been brought against him. The designer says he was the subject of “verbal harassment” and “an unprovoked assault” by an individual who tried to hit him with a chair, having allegedly taken “violent exception” to his clothes and appearance.

The fashion designer also said he has fully cooperated with the police investigation and will seek help in the meantime to “address the personal failure which led to these circumstances.”