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John Galliano Apologizes for Remarks; Ordered to Stand Trial in Paris

Paris prosecutors ordered John Galliano Wednesday to stand trial over alleged racial insults , The Associated Press reports. The trial could take place between April and June and, if convicted, the fashion designer potentially faces up to six months in prison and $31,000 in...

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Paris prosecutors ordered John Galliano Wednesday to stand trial over alleged racial insults , The Associated Press reports.

The trial could take place between April and June and, if convicted, the fashion designer potentially faces up to six months in prison and $31,000 in fines, according to the prosecutors office.

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Prosecutors said Galliano, 50, will face allegations of "public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" against three individuals.

Galliano was fired from Christian Dior as creative director on Monday, after a video surfaced showing him inebriated, saying he loves Adolf Hitler and telling two individuals that they "should have been gassed." On Wednesday the designer apologized for his comments and said he was "seeking help."

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"Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offense," he said in statement. "In all my work my inspiration has been to unite people of every race, creed, religion and sexuality by celebrating their cultural and ethnic diversity through fashion. That remains my guiding light."

Galliano's attorney, Stephane Zerbib, said on Canal Plus television that the trial would be a way to get to the bottom of the allegations "under much calmer conditions" after his client had undergone a "veritable lynching" in the public.  "Today Mr. Galliano is presumed innocent and will certainly speak out ... at the right moment," Zerbib said.