Designer Galliano to Face French Trial in June

Former Dior designer John Galliano will go on trial inParison June 22 on charges that he made racist insults, accusations that rocked the fashion world and cost him his coveted job.

The British designer was questioned by police in February after a dispute in aParisbar. A couple at the bar accused him of making anti-Semitic remarks, and filed a legal complaint. Another woman accused him of similar insults.

ThePariscourt announced the trial date Thursday. Prosecutors have said Galliano could face up to six months in prison and euro22,500 ($31,000) in fines if convicted of “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.”

Soon after the initial allegations, a video circulated online in which the designer praised Adolf Hitler. Dior fired Galliano and denounced his comments.  

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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