As quickly as Dior suspended designer John Galliano over an alleged assault and anti-semitic attack on a couple of fellow patrons at a Paris cafe Thursday night, an eyewitness has offered up a very different version of events to British Vogue.
Lauren Milligan for British Vogue writes:
“We had a table at La Perle and John Galliano sat next to us,” our eyewitness told us. “He spoke to a couple at a nearby table to say ‘Cheers’ and they insulted him. An argument started and the police came, so Galliano’s bodyguard suggested that they should go to the police station to sort it out. He wasn’t ‘busted’ aggressively by police, it was very quiet and peaceful. I definitely didn’t hear him say anything anti-Semitic, or against any religion, it was all very calm.”
Meanwhile, a police source told The Telegraph that several witnesses, including bar staff, have provided signed “witness statements” that Galliano “swore heavily, using anti-Jewish insults, before attacking a couple.”
Galliano was taken into custody, given a sobriety test which deemed his blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, and released pending charges.
John Galliano Suspended [Vogue UK]
John Galliano arrested over ‘anti-semitic rant at cafe’ [Telegraph]