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British designer John Galliano apologized Wednesday for an alleged drunken anti-Semitic rant that got him fired from billion-dollar fashion house Christian Dior this week.
"Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society,” he said in a statement issued through a British legal firm. “I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offence"
Galliano said he 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" at a Paris cafe last week. "For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me.”
According to numerous reports Tuesday, Galliano is said to be entering rehab.
His departure at Dior has rattled the industry: Oscar winner Natalie Portman, the face of Dior, said she was "disgusted" by his behavior, but Sex and the City designer Pat Fields issued a statement in his defense, saying she was surprised that people in the fashion community haven't grasped that Galliano's outburst was a "farce."
Galliano will go on trial over the accusations, the French public prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.
He will go before a court between April and June.
He could face up to six months in prison and $31,000 in fines if convicted.