When John Galliano appeared before a Parisian tribunal in June to face racism charges, the usually flamboyant designer appeared shaken and sombre. The court hadn’t required the designer’s presence, but he attended to face his accusers and describe his state of mind during his alleged anti-Semitic rants.
That trial apparently made an impression, as reports attributed to Galliano’s lawyer suggest that the designer will not appear in court to receive the verdict on September 8.
If the three-judge panel rules that Galliano is guilty of anti-Semitic behaviour, he could face a maximum sentence of a six-month jail term and €22,500 fine. During the seven-hour trial, however, the prosecutor recommended a guilty sentence without jail time and a reduced fine of up to €5,000.
Galliano used his court appearance to express contrition over his behaviour.
'I have all my life fought against prejudice, having been subjected to it myself,’ he said. 'I apologise for all the sadness this affair has caused.'