John Galliano at court
UPDATE: The trial has now closed, with a verdict due on September 8th. During the course of the day, Galliano apologised 'for all the sadness this affair has caused', reports the Telegraph, and also stated that 'At the time of the financial crash, I have two children. One was Dior, the other was Galliano'.
Galliano is also reported to have said that 'Dior is a big machine and I didn’t want to lose Galliano (his company). At this point in order for that house of Galiano to survive, I met many businessmen and signed many licences. So the collections to increase men’s wear, women's, children, shoes boys and girls, perfume projects, jewellery, fine jewellery. Beach wear underwear, boys and girl's clothes. The workload increased very fast.'
He also said, in his initial stement that 'After every creative high, I would crash and the alcohol helped me.'
16.40 UPDATE: Hilary Alexander has tweeted that the woman Galliano is accused of insulting, 'Miss Bloch told the #Galliano trial: 'I didn't want this incident to create such a media storm.I just thought I had no other choice.' Hilary Alexander
India Knight has tweeted that 'Acc to @ashojlo, judge tells plaintiff no other witnesses heard "Jew/Jewish". #Galliano. Plaintiff says he said it 30 times.... 30 times in 45 mins. Judge asks why stayed to listen to tirade - " I wanted to finish my drink". India Knight
15.49 UPDATE: GQ magazine, reporting from the court room, reports that Galliano has said he is a 'recovering addict' and that 'I'm still in recovery but feeling much better'. You can follow their tweets here.
15.37 UPDATE: The trial is now underway, with reports coming in that Galliano says he has 'no recollection' of saying the comments he is accused of.
15.00 UPDATE: John Galliano has arrived in court in Paris. The Telegraph has a picture which they say is of the designer arriving at court.
John Galliano seen visiting his lawyer in Paris yesterday, June 21st
John Galliano is due to stand trial at the Palais de Justice in Paris this afternoon on charges of public insult. According to industry bible WWD, the designer is likely to put forth medical testimony about his long-standing battle with substance abuse. He is reportedly eager to make a full recovery after undergoing rehabilitation since being ousted from Christian Dior and his namesake fashion house earlier this year.
Three people accused Galliano of making racist and anti-Semitic comments on two separate occasions and if found guilty, he could spend six months in prison as well as being fined £20,000. He will be represented by his new lawyer, Aurélien Hamelle after the dismissal of his previous lawyer, Stephane Zerbib.
The trial is open to the public so, as WWD predicts, it could well be a media circus. Stay tuned to Grazia Daily as we bring you the news as it happens.