Juan Carlos Antonio Galliano professionally known as John Galliano, is a British fashion designer of Gibraltarian descent
On 25 February 2011, Dior announced that it had suspended Galliano following his arrest over an alleged anti-semitic assault in a Paris bar. Three days later, British tabloid newspaper The Sun posted a video on their website showing Galliano in another incident at the same bar, hurling anti-semitic insults at a group of Italian women and declaring “I love Hitler… People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers would all be fucking gassed.”
This incident happened just before Paris Fashion Week for Autumn/Winter 2011/2012. It remains unconfirmed whether or not the collections for Dior and his own label will debut.
Natalie Portman, a Jewish Israeli actress whose great-grandparents were murdered at Auschwitz, had an endorsement contract with Dior for its Miss Dior Cherie fragrance. In a statement, she expressed “disgust” at John Galliano’s anti-semitic comments. Portman said: “I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano’s comments that surfaced today…I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful.”
On 1 March 2011, Dior announced that it had begun procedures of dismissal for Galliano, with Dior’s chief executive Sidney Toledano stating “I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano”.