Galliano suspended after anti-semitic attack arrest
Dior designer arrested after alleged drunken altercation with couple in trendy Marais district
Has the stress of the upcoming Paris Fashion Week been getting too much for British fashion designer John Galliano? It would appear so as news broke this morning that he was arrested in Paris last night for allegedly assaulting a couple and insulting them with anti-semitic remarks.
A police source speaking to AFP said that he was detained last night in the trendy Marais district after a drunken altercation with a couple sitting on the terrace of a cafe. He was apparently then taken back to the police station to be breathalysed (he was over the limit) and promptly escorted home.
Christian Dior, the fashion house where Galliano is head designer, has suspended him. Its chief executive Sidney Toledano said: "Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any antisemitic or racist words or behaviour.
"Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities."
Although he was not formally charged, the Twittersphere was quick to explode over the news.
One user tweeted: 'Ugh John Galliano why!!! I love your work but why must you be anti-Semitic'. Another user was more forgiving, saying: 'Wowza John Galliano arrested?! Pressure of being such a great designer must of got to him. Still love you Galliano!'
The 50-year-old driving force behind fashion house Dior is known for his flamboyant outfits, stylised moustache and shy demeanour backstage. He is renowned as one of the most important people in fashion today, and, according to the Independent's Pink List, is also one of Britain's most influential gay people.
Galliano was yesterday picked as the lucky designer to get to dress supermodel Kate Moss for her summer wedding to Jamie Hince. Let's just hope he doesn't hit the booze too hard then, or Moss might find herself upstaged by her own couturier.