Dior Suspends Galliano from Role as Couturier by MILES SOCHA and Katya Foreman
Posted FRIDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2011
PARIS – Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano’s job functions amidst allegations he uttered anti-Semetic remarks during an altercation at a Paris café Thursday night.
In a brief statement, Dior president and chief executive officer Sidney Toledano said the fashion house has a policy of zero tolerance regarding racism and anti-Semitism.
The statement said the suspension would remain in force until the results of a police investigation.
Police in Paris’ third arrondissement detained John Galliano at 9 p.m. Thursday night following an altercation, according to a police source.
The source said a man and a woman have filed a complaint against Dior’s couturier for insults of an anti-Semitic nature.
Galliano was in the throes of preparing Dior’s fall-winter 2011-2012 ready-to-wear collection for its show on March 4. He is also on the calendar to present his signature label on March 6 during Paris Fashion Week. The fate of those events could not immediately be learned.
The police source said that Galliano, who was eventually released by police, had an alcohol reading of 1.01 milligrams of alcohol per liter of exhaled air.
Police are currently investigating the case, which will then be handed over for examination in the Paris public prosecutor’s office, one of its spokeswomen said.