John Galliano is set to stand trial today in Paris on charges of public insult.
According to reports in various outlets, Galliano’s defense will likely argue that the designer’s struggle with addiction made him “ill.” Galliano reportedly entered rehab in Arizona shortly after he was dismissed from Dior and his eponymous line in March.
“One obvious thing is that John Galliano was ill,” his lawyer Aurelien Hamelle said, according to the Telegraph. “He had a triple addiction to alcohol, benzodiazepine (Valium) and sleeping pills … The combined effect of these drugs is a state of complete and utter abandon.”
Hamelle went on to tell say that Galliano took Valium “like candy” to cope with the pressure of his job.
The prosecution will counter that Galliano’s bigotry and antisemitism were merely brought out in the open when he was high or drunk, the Telegraph is reporting.
Galliano is accused of calling Geraldine Bloch a “dirty Jew” and her boyfriend, Philippe Virgitti, an “Asian bastard” in February at La Perle, a bar frequented by Galliano. Shortly after Bloch and Virgitti brought charges against Galliano, Fathia Oumeddour accused the designer of similar offenses back in October. They are all slated to testify in today’s trial.
The explosive “I love Hitler” video that went viral and helped speed Galliano’s demise will not be included in the trial, WWD is reporting, as the people in the video never came forward to press charges.