UPDATE: Dior president and CEO Sidney Toledano announced Galliano’s suspension Friday morning. Read more here.
John Galliano was arrested in Paris on Thursday night for allegedly assaulting a couple and making anti-semitic remarks.
According to The Telegraph, the Dior designer was drinking at a cafe in the Marais district of Paris, when he allegedly began insulting and verbally accosting a couple of fellow patrons, before eventually attacking them. Witnesses called the police during Galliano’s outburst, which apparently took place “in front of dozens of astonished revellers in a busy covered terrace.” A police source told The Telegraph, “We arrived extremely quickly and managed to break up the disturbance,” after which Galliano was brought into the local police station where he was given a sobriety test and found just over the legal limit. The police then released Galliano pending charges, and escorted him back to his home.
Galliano’s lawyer Stephane Zerbib told the AFP his client “formally denies the accusations of anti-Semitism made against him,” while a police source told Reuters the outburst was “prompted by stress ahead of fashion week.” Dior’s AW 2011 collection is scheduled to debut next Friday, March 4.
No word on whether Galliano even knew the couple or what caused him to address them and Galliano’s lawyer said he plans to pursue “legal action… against those making such accusations.”