Gal­liano de­nies

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

FASH­ION de­signer John Gal­liano has faced his ac­cusers at a lo­cal Paris po­lice sta­tion, a cou­ple who said he made anti-Semitic slurs – il­le­gal in France – af­ter a video emerged of the cre­ator prais­ing Adolf Hitler.

Mon­day’s hear­ing was closed to the pub­lic but a po­lice of­fi­cer who had knowl­edge of it said of Gal­liano: ‘‘ He de­nied all the ac­cu­sa­tions against him.’’

Also tes­ti­fy­ing were Gal­liano’ schauf­feur and an em­ployee of The Perle, the trendy Paris cafe where the in­sults were al­legedly made. Both said they did not hear any anti-Semitic or racist re­marks there.

Chris­tian Dior has sus- pended Gal­liano, its cre­ative di­rec­tor, pend­ing an in­quiry, cit­ing its ‘‘ zero-tol­er­ance’’ pol­icy on anti-Semitism. The fash­ion house is sched­uled to present its au­tumn-win­ter 2011-2012 ready-to-wear show on Fri­day as part of Paris fash­ion week.

John Gal­liano

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