Dior Designer to Stand Trial for Anti-Semitic Slurs

If convicted, he could face six months in prison and a $31,000 fine for the comments

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You may have been feeling sorry for Charlie Sheen, but take a look across the pond. In France, a good rant doesn't just get you fired--it lands you in court. Former Dior designer John Galliano will stand trial for hurling anti-Semitic insults in a Paris bar. The charges--"public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity"--come after the fashion designer reportedly yelled the slurs at three people last week, the Associated Press's Jenny Barchfield reports. As that controversy brewed, a video surfaced showing him saying "I love Hitler." Galliano was then fired from Christian Dior.

In a statement, Galliano said he's "seeking help, and that "Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offense." Nevertheless, "I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully cooperated with the police investigation."

If convicted, Galliano could face up to six months in prison and a fine of about $31,000. News of the trial--which will likely take place in the spring--comes the same day the Supreme Court held that the Wesboro Baptist Church has a First Amendment right to protest military funerals with anti-gay signs. The French are truly different.

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