John Galliano gives his side of the story

John Galliano has released a statement following his arrest last week, and subsequent sacking by Christian Dior. Here’s the statement in full:

“Since the events of last Thursday evening I have not been able to make any public comment on what took place based upon advice from my French lawyer. However, given the continuing delays at the French Prosecutor’s Office I should make my position clear.

I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the Police investigation.

A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the Police that I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing. For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me.

However, I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people.

I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light. I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people’s understanding and compassion. To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people’s forgiveness.

I have fought my entire life against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination having been subjected to it myself. In all my work my inspiration has been to unite people of every race, creed, religion and sexuality by celebrating their cultural and ethnic diversity through fashion. That remains my guiding light.

Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologise for my behaviour in causing any offence.”

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12 Comments

  • March 2, 2011

    Charlie Love

    Props to Galliano for releasing this statement. The outburst proves that he is only humam. Admitting and accepting responsabilty proves he is a good one. What a great man.

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    • March 2, 2011

      Amee

      You actually buy that? What nonsense. He’s a racist, but he just doesn’t want to be completely ostracized by society for being so. If you really read it, he’s apologizing for being seen as he really is, not for being such.

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      • March 9, 2011

        Charlie Love

        I’m just going by what I have read…but you clearly know him very well (enough to brand him as a racist).

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  • March 2, 2011

    Milly

    This is a difficult one for me, as a fashionista & a Jew. The man is a genius, but also a bigot. He has been filmed saying bewilderingly offensive things. Do I think he should lose his job for it? Not really. Do I think he deserves to go to prison for it (making anti-Semitic remarks in France carries 6 months of jail time)? No. At the end of the day, it’s just hurt feelings. Do I think he should admit fault & apologise properly and profusely for offending a race of people, many of whom he has worked with (c.f. Natalie Portman)? Yes. And it saddens me that he is seemingly incapable of this.

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    • March 3, 2011

      nata

      Exactly. A drunk a$$hole/drama queen makes some terrible offensive remarks after being verbally harassed and… A bigot, a racist, a jerk, etc. but a criminal (the french laws aside for the moment)? Don’t think so. Which naturally brings up the next question: should people who make anti-gay comments serve some jail time or apologize at least?

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  • March 2, 2011

    caz

    Did that even make sense? if he had no part in it and it was all unfounded allegations and unprovoked attacks, why is he seeking help and apologizing so much?

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  • March 3, 2011

    charles

    well at least he apologized but really, this whole thing seems completely ridiculous and random. Like out of nowhere! I was so surprised when I read about this earlier today.

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  • March 3, 2011

    Alys

    He needs to make an honest effort after this to clear the air and show he will not continue with the anti-Semitic remarks. There is no cause for anyone, much less a person of his stature and fame, to engage in prejudicial or racist remarks towards -any- group.

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  • March 3, 2011

    dianixshoes

    Mmm, this is difficult

    I think if was “high”

    I mean, if you remember his runways, there were women of all races, shapes, ages, (like that collection where almos all models were women with a lot of overweight) etc.

    We are humans, we are not perfect, and if we make a mistake, we should recognize it, apologize and make an effort to repair the damages.

    If hi is a criminal or not, that’s another subjet, since we don’t know France laws about this.

    If we want tolerance, we should be tolerant.

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  • March 3, 2011

    Zo

    To tell the truth, I really couldn’t care less if he were a bad drunk or has a swastika tattooed on his behind. Did any of his thoughts or actions result in blood being shed? Did he use his position to spread any type of propaganda that would lead to a crime being committed? The answer is no, so, as I said, I do not care about anything else but the only fact that remains true and unshaken: the man is a brilliant designer! True villains in this piece are all the people who were too fast to wash their hands of him and judge him, with only hero in the form of Roberto Cavalli who was the rare individual with enough stones to point out that Galliano was the one who revived Dior and brought so many sales in – and for them to sack him in that speed, without even a proper chance to clear up the mess, truly is a crime!

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  • March 4, 2011

    Shinygirl

    I love this, “I was provoked into being a bigot, sorry you guys took offense, it wasn’t my fault, but I guess I have to take responsibility.”

    Totally reminds me of Mel Gibson’s “I was drunk” (enough to loosen my tongue) excuse. Yeah. Alcohol turns everyone into bigots, right?

    Also, I don’t think the fact that Galliano revived Dior has anything to do with his anti-semitism. I mean, huh? Does that make it OK? What’s this got to do with anything? Dior gave him the benefit of the doubt the first time ’round but really, enough’s enough. And it’s OK if there’s no blood shed? Icky.

    Considering it’s illegal in France (and most French people will know this well) and many survivors and families of survivors/victims will be devastated hearing a grown, priviledged man who should know better making these disgusting, inflamatory comments, I’m surprised anybody is defending him in this day and age.

    Hope he really takes responsibility for this. I’m sure he’ll be back on his feet in no time though.

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  • March 6, 2011

    Natalie M

    “A drunk man will speak a sober man’s mind.”

    Just sayin’.

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