PARIS — John Galliano on Wednesday blamed work-related stress and multiple addictions for a series of public outbursts during which he is charged with uttering racist and anti-Semitic insults at a Paris cafe, but told a French court that he remembered nothing about the incidents. Summing up evidence from police depositions at the disgraced designer’s trial on charges of public insult, presiding judge Anne-Marie Sauteraud read out the alleged slurs in heavily accented English. They included “dirty Jewish face,” “f---ing Asian bastard” and “f---ing ugly Jewish b---ch,” among others.
Galliano, 50, said he was taking a “lethal” mix of alcohol and prescription drugs at the time of the events, which prompted his dismissal from Dior in March after 15 years as creative director and also caused him to lose control of his signature fashion house.
“After every creative high, I would crash and the drink would help me to escape,” he told a packed courtroom during the seven-hour hearing. READ MORE