Designer John Galliano

Disgraced British fashion designer John Galliano has been given a suspended fine by a Paris court for making anti-Semitic and racist remarks earlier this year.

The case stems from two separate incidents that came to light in February in which the 50-year-old made the insults during drunken altercations at a Paris Cafe. One of the incidents, in which he said “I love Hitler,” was filmed and posted online.

Galliano was almost immediately fired as head designer of Christian Dior and soon after went into a rehab facility in the US for alcohol, sleeping pill and barbiturate addiction.

On Thursday he was found guilty of “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity” but avoided a possible six months in jail.

The judge, noted that Galliano – who was not in court for the judgement – had apologised in the July trial for the incidents and was aware of the gravity of his remarks.

In addition to the suspended €6,000 fine and criminal record, Galliano was ordered to pay €16,500 in court fees to the three people and five anti-racism groups involved in the case. He will also pay a symbolic €1 in damages to each of the complainants.

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