John Galliano: Damaging 'I Love Hitler' Video Surfaces
A second complaint of alleged anti-Semitism has been formally lodged against Dior's chief designer John Galliano, who was suspended last week for spewing anti-Semitic and racial remarks at a couple at a Paris cafe.
Britain's The Sun has posted a cell phone video featuring Galliano, 50, declaring "I love Hitler."
The undated video is said to have been filmed in the same café (but not on the same evening) where Galliano was arrested Feb. 24 for his verbal attack on a couple (his lawyer denies he made any racist or anti-Semitic remarks).
In the video, Galliano appears to be seated at a bar, insulting people: "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f---ing gassed."
When an unnamed woman recording him asks if he has a problem, he says, "With you. You're ugly." She then asks where he's from, and he says, "Your a--hole."
Galliano is expected to meet with all three plaintiffs, including the unnamed woman, today at a police station in Paris, reports Women's Wear Daily. WWD claims his lawyer has three witness statements that Galliano never made any racist or anti-Semitic remarks, including one from the designer's chauffeur, who was present at the café.
Under French law, the making of anti-Semitic remarks qualifies as "incitement to racial prejudice," a criminal offense that potentially carries a sentence of up to six months in prison.