Monday, February 28, 2011
'Your parents should have been gassed': John Galliano questioned by French police as tape of second anti-semitic rant emerges
British fashion designer John Galliano told two young women he believed to be Jews: ‘Your parents should have been gassed’, and ‘I love Hitler’, according to fresh video evidence of his bar room rant today.
The devastating film was shot in La Perle – the same Paris bar where the 50-year-old is said to have called another woman a ‘dirty Jew face’ and ‘ugly, disgusting whore’ with no dress sense, while threatening to kill her and her boyfriend last Thursday.
Mr Galliano attended a Paris police station to meet his accusers, who have launched a criminal complaint of ‘causing injury of an anti-Semitic and racist nature.’
Mr Galliano, who has been suspended from his job as chief designer at Christian Dior pending an enquiry, has in turn accused the couple of defamation.
But the emergence of the video – which has been seen by journalists in Paris – will be a severe blow to Mr Galliano’s legal fight to clear his name.
It was shot in La Perle in December, with Mr Galliano clearly the worse for drink as he launched his tirade.
Nursing a glass while sitting alone at a table, Mr Galliano refers to the Nazi Holocaust ordered by Adolf Hitler during the Second World War, in which six million Jews were murdered.
Galliano says to the women: ‘People like you would be dead, your mothers, your forefathers would all be fucking gassed. I love Hitler.’
When one of the women asks ‘Do you have a problem?’, Mr Galliano replies: ‘With you, you’re ugly.’
The same woman says: ‘Where are you from ?’, and Mr Galliano replies: ‘Your a***hole’.
Neither of the two women shouted at by Mr Galliano were, in fact, Jewish. One of their male companions started videoing the incident because he was so shocked by what Mr Galliano was saying.
It came as Geraldine Bloch, the 35-year-old art historian who alleges she suffered the same kind of humiliation in La Perle last Thursday, spoke for the first time about her ordeal with boyfriend Philppe Virgitti, 41.
She said: ‘I was sitting with a friend, the next table was free. A strange guy sits down, orders a Mojito and starts calling me a whore.
‘At first it was mostly dirty whore, then anti-Semitic and racist slurs were uttered.’
When Ms Bloch complained to staff, they told her: ‘We can’t kick him out, he’s a friend of the boss. He’s a star, he’s John Galliano.’
Ms Bloch said: ‘I’m not Jewish but in these cases I feel solidarity with an Arab, a Jew.’
According to police reports, Mr Galliano told Paris University-educated Ms Bloch: ‘Dirty Jew face, you should be dead’, adding ‘shut your mouth, dirty bitch, I can’t stand your dirty whore voice.’
He then turned his anger on Mr Virgitti, who was himself protesting furiously by this time, and screamed: ‘F****** Asian b*****d, I’ll kill you!’
Mr Galliano’s version of events was very different. He told police: ‘At first [Ms Bloch] started talking to me about fashion. She started talking to me in an aggressive manner while insulting me
Something like: “Why don't you dress women like me?” I replied that I dressed all women, and then she started mocking my look in a nasty way.’
Mr Galliano said Mr Virgitti’s boyfriend then threatened him with a chair, while the woman ‘accused me of being a racist and anti-Semitic’.
Paris Prosecutors have ordered Mr Galliano to meet both Ms Bloch and Mr Virgitti at the police station in Paris’s 3rd arrondissement today.
Stephane Zerbib, Mr Galliano’s lawyer, said: ‘They have to find the truth. If the Public Prosecutor’s Office decides it is an emergency case, things could go very quickly.’
Galliano has denied all allegations of racism and anti-Semitism.
A spokesman for the designer today refused to comment on the video.
Mr Galliano, who was brought up in South London, is one of the world’s leading fashion designers, with close friends and fans including Madonna, Kylie Minogue, and France’s First Lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy.
The night after John Galliano got suspended from Christian Dior in Paris, the design director's longtime boyfriend, Alexis Roche, was partying at the Weinstein dinner at the Chateau Marmont in LA.
Karen Elson serenaded a group at the sit-down affair on Saturday, while Halle Berry canoodled with boyfriend Olivier Martinez.
Also there were Anne Hathaway, Adrien Brody, Emmy Rossum, Gerard Butler, Sharon Stone and Rosario Dawson.