Dior Designer John Galliano reportedly says "I love Hitler" in racist rant caught on video
Fashion designer John Galliano was reportedly caught on video saying, "I love (Adolf) Hitler" at the La Perle bar in Paris, The Sun reported on Monday. The video was produced on December 12, 2010 according to The Huffington Post, which cited Le Parisien and the file-sharing site Citizenside that found and sold the clip to The Sun.
The British designer supposedly told the couple he was arguing with, who were French and Italian but not Jewish, "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f****** gassed." Asked if he had a problem, Galliano said, "With you. You’re ugly." When he was asked where he came from, he said, "Your a***hole."
The man who filmed Galliano’s supposed rant told The Sun, "(He) was sitting alone nursing his drink, when a few of us sat at the next table. Galliano kept intruding, throwing in comments about us and what we were saying. We knew who he was. He’s instantly recognizable."
He added, "We were stunned by what Galliano was saying, but then he started making vile anti-Semitic comments. His words were disgusting. He made it clear the Italian girls weren’t welcome and should go home. This was pure racism."
A police officer, who declined to be named, told the Associated Press that the 50-year-old Christian Dior designer "denied all accusations against him." Galliano’s lawyer Stephane Zerbib said, "What matters isn’t what’s on the Internet, what matters are the testimonies and the hearings. What’s on the Internet doesn’t have much value."
Actress Natalie Portman, currently the face of the fragrance Miss Dior Cherie, said in a statement, "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful."
According to The Sun, Galliano verbally attacked two people last week at the same bar. He allegedly called Geraldine Bloch, 35, a "dirty Jew face" and threatened to kill her friend Philippe Virgitti, 41. After Galliano was arrested and suspended by Dior, he charged both with defamation.