John Galliano to stand trial for racial remarks

John Galliano at the Christian Dior Spring 2010 Haute Couture fashion show on Jan. 25, 2010, in Paris. (Getty Images) FRANCOIS GUILLOT

John Galliano at the Christian Dior Spring 2010 Haute Couture fashion show on Jan. 25, 2010, in Paris. (Getty Images)
(CBS/AP) French prosecutors have ordered British designer John Galliano to stand trial for allegedly making racial insults during an altercation at a Paris cafe last week.

The trial could take place between April and June, officials said. If convicted, Galliano could face up to six months in prison and up to 22,500 euros ($31,203) in fines.

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Capping a five-day whirlwind of scandal around the designer, the prosecutors said he will face allegations of "public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" against three people.

The news comes shortly after the talented 50-year-old designer apologized"unreservedly" for his behavior.

Top-tier house Christian Dior firedGalliano as creative director Tuesday after a video of him surfaced in which he was shown saying "I love Hiter."

When the video emerged, Galliano was already suspended from his duties by Dior after he was detained in a drunken state by French police last Thursday over allegations he verbally assaulted a couple with anti-Semitic remarks.

He broke his silence on the incident Wednesday, saying, "I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the police." But he said that he fully accepts "that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people."

The couturier claimed that he was "subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing."

"For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me," he said.

Galliano made no mention of the video in his statement and instead said, "anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society."

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