Dior’s star designer John Galliano isn’t taking his suspension lying down. After the fashion house announced his suspension in response to accusations that Galliano had hurled anti-Semitic insults at a couple in a Parisian restaurant, Galliano responded by filing a suit for defamation. "There was an altercation, Mr Galliano was verbally attacked, but at no point did he make any such insults, and we have witness testimony that backs this up,” said Galliano’s lawyer Sephane Zerbib. According to France’s Europe 1 radio, a man and a woman seated next to Galliano at La Perle café in the fashionable Marais neighborhood of Paris insulted the designer, and he responded by allegedly using profanities and anti-Semitic comments. Police detained Galliano and released him shortly after, while it’s been reported that the couple brought a lawsuit against him. It’s unknown what effect the incident will have on the label’s plans for Paris Fashion Week, which kicks off next week.
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