In a surprising turn of events, disgraced designer John Galliano‘s accuser has come to his defense, telling a French daily paper it was nothing but a “simple bar dispute.”
Philipe Virgitti, one of the three accusers set to face Galliano in court on May 12, told Le Parisien:
“Today, I am convinced that he didn’t really believe what he was saying. Since this all happened, I have enquired about his work and saw that he is somebody who promoted difference and who mixed cultures in his fashion shows. I believe, above all, that he is very sick and was just out to provoke.”
The Times of London quotes Virgitti as saying:
“For me it was a simple bar dispute. We were having a beer when he sat beside us. He got aggressive, turned to my friend and said ‘Your voice is annoying me, you’re speaking too loudly’.”
Asked if he had used anti-Semitic language, Virgitti answered, “Yes, although I’m not convinced now that he really meant them. I don’t think he is racist or anti-Semitic. I just think he’s very ill.”
Galliano’s lawyer Stephane Zerbib wouldn’t say how Virgitti’s comments could impact the case, but presumably this bodes well for the designer.
“John Galliano does not deserve this,” Virgitti added. “I would like Mr Galliano to benefit from this unhappy story by drinking a little less and getting back to making the dresses and shows that he did so well.”