John Galliano Files Defamation Suit Against Accusers

 After his Thursday night arrest in which fashion designer John Galliano was accused of making racist or anti-Semitic remarks, he has now decided to open a defamation and injury case against the couple who were involved in the incident, Geraldine Bloch and Philippe Virgiti. His lawyer Stephane Zerbib has confirmed that Galliano will proceed with a case against the couple, while Galliano also made a trip to the Paris Police on Friday where he provided witness statements about the incident. 

According to police reports, Galliano allegedly shouted at the couple, stating: "Dirty Jewish face, you should be dead!" to Bloch, the female party of the couple, who is not Jewish, and "F*cking Asian bastard, I will kill you!" to Virgiti, who is of Asian descent.

Galliano's lawyer released the following statement on the incident: “He is not guilty and is not embroiled in a court case or anything. He feels it is a decision that has been made without verification of the facts and based on one side of the story and he is very shocked about that." 

Galliano's driver who was at the cafe at the time of the incident is reportedly taking part of the investigation, and is one of the key witnesses. He supposedly backed up Galliano's claims about the event, and being Jewish himself insists that Galliano would not have made such a remark. He told The Cut that he: "can't imagine [Galliano] would do this to anyone. I'm an observant Jew, and I know from my own experiences with him that there's no way he hates Jewish people. He's incredibly gentle."

 Galliano is meeting with one of the accusers, Geraldine Bloch on Monday at the police station in Paris. He has said that he is "shocked" that he has been suspended from his duties from Dior, who are awaiting the investigation outcomes before deciding his fate at the fashion house. 


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