Friday, February 25, 2011

John Galliano, Suspended from Dior

Christian Dior suspended star fashion designer John Galliano on Friday pending an inquiry into drunken insults he hurled at a couple in a bar. Just a week before Galliano was due to present Dior's catwalk collection, Paris police were called to a bar in the fashionable Marais district on Thursday evening where they found Galliano barking insults at a couple after a drinking session, a police source told Reuters. Galliano was taken to a police station for a sobriety test that revealed he was over the legal limit. Police then escorted the Dior star home, the source said, without specifying the nature of the alleged insults. ``Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour,'' Dior Chief Executive Sidney Toledano said in a statement. ``Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities,'' the fashion house, part of billionaire Bernard Arnault's LVMH luxury empire, added. Christian Dior, which hired Galliano as its star designer more than a decade ago, is due to present its autumn-winter collection in Paris next Friday, March 4. A spokeswoman for the group declined to comment on whether the show would go ahead as planned.

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