John Galliano will stand trial for public insults on June 22, WWD reports. Announced at a hearing held at the Palais de Justice earlier today, the trial will take place at the High Court in Paris. The designer was absent, but represented by his new lawyer, Aurélien Hamelle of Metzner Associés. Last week, Grazia Daily reported that Galliano dismissed his previous lawyer, Stephane Zerbib following the discovery of 'apparent irregularities in respect of his firms administration of M.Galliano's financial affairs over a number of years'.
Galliano was ousted from Christian Dior, as well as his namesake fashion house, in March following racist and anti-Semitic allegations. Three people claim he hurled insults at them at a Paris bar during two separate incidents: on 8th October 2010 and 24th February 2011. According to the French prosecutor, the penalty in France for insult against people due to their origin, belonging or not belonging to a religion, race or ethnicity is six months imprisonment and a fine of 22,500 euros.