Dior suspends Galliano after anti-Semitic remarks (Lead)

February 26th, 2011 - 8:41 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 26 (IANS) Fashion label Dior has suspended its designer John Galliano after he was arrested for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks to a couple.The fashion designer was questioned and escorted home by police in Paris after he allegedly hurled abuse Friday at a couple who were seated on a cafe terrace in Paris, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

In a statement, Dior’s chief executive Sidney Toledano said: “Dior affirms with the utmost conviction its policy of zero tolerance towards any anti-Semitic or racist words or behaviour.”

“Pending the results of the inquiry, Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his responsibilities,” he added.

However the 50-year-old designer who is currently putting the final touches to his autumn-winter collections for Christian Dior and his own label for Paris Fashion Week next week has denied he made anti-Semitic remarks.

His lawyer Stephane Zerbib said: “The designer formally denies the accusations of anti-Semitism made against him.”

Galliano took over the creative helm at Christian Dior in 1996.

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