It is only a week until John Galliano will stand trial on charges of making racist insults in public, and it seems the drama surrounding this whole incident isn't letting up any time soon.
Yesterday, Stephane Zerbib, M. Galliano's lawyer, was rumoured to have quit. But Grazia Daily has spoken to a source close to the designer who confirmed that Mr Zerbib was dismissed as M.Galliano's lawyer some weeks ago following the discovery of 'apparent irregularities in respect of his firms administration of M.Galliano's financial affairs over a number of years'.
Zerbib's response to the allegations is not yet known. M.Galliano unreservedly apologised for the events at La Perle in early March, saying I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I find myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light. I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and I must work hard to gain people's understanding and compassion. To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and to try and earn people's forgiveness. I have fought my entire life against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination. Anti-semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologise for my behaviour in causing any offence.'
The designer's pre-trial hearings are set to begin next week in Paris.