Designer John Galliano trial set for June 22

May 13th, 2011 - 2:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Naomi Campbell London, May 13 (IANS) Designer John Galliano will reportedly stand trial in Paris June 22 on charges of verbally abusing three people with anti-Semitic and racist slurs on two separate occasions.

The British-born designer, who was sacked from French couture house Christian Dior, faces up to six months in prison and a fine of 22,500 Euros ($31,430) if found guilty, reports

Galliano’s lawyer Aurelien Hamelle claims his client was provoked.

The three plaintiffs - Geraldine Bloch, Philippe Virgitti and Fathia Oumeddour - allege the designer hurled insults at them in Paris on two separate occasions - first time in October 2010 and later in February this year.

Galliano’s lawyer said his client, who didn’t appear at the hearing, isn’t currently in France. But, Hamelle refused to reveal the designers’ whereabouts.

In March, Galliano reportedly checked into The Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona after being urged to get help for his alcohol problems by Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.

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