Several new details of the incident that cost designer John Galliano his job at Christian Dior — and that has led to him facing criminal charges at a trial set to take place in Paris this Wednesday — have emerged, and goodness, they are interesting. Read on for chair-throwing, lawyer-calling, and handbag-related insults. Oh! And lots of (alleged) anti-Semitism and racism.
As John Galliano remembers the fateful February evening in Paris that destroyed his career, it began when the stranger at the sidewalk table next to him at La Perle café asked Dior's star designer, "Why don't you dress women like me?" As the woman herself remembers it, she had no idea who the longhaired man with the buccaneer look was. She thought he was homeless.
Within an hour, the argument between Galliano and the woman at that next table, a museum curator named Géraldine Bloch, ended with Galliano in police custody. Galliano had allegedly called Bloch "a dirty whore" with a "dirty Jewish face," who should die. Bloch also alleges that Galliano pulled her hair, called her eyebrows "revolting," and said she had "low-end boots and low-end thighs." (This sort of matches earlier reports from witnesses who said that Galliano told Bloch, "You're ugly and your fucking bag is ugly, too," and "You're so ugly I can't bear looking at you. You're wearing cheap boots, cheap thigh boots. You've got no hair, your eyebrows are ugly, you're ugly, you're nothing but a whore.")