John Galliano has made a public apology for the anti-semitic comments he made that lead him to being fired from Dior (his suspension turned into a permanent dismissal on Tuesday), Daily Front Row reported. The video of Galliano’s drunken rant has also been made public.
“I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the police investigation.
“A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the police that I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing. For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me.
“I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people’s understanding and compassion. To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people’s forgiveness.
“Anti-semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offense.”
The New York Times also reported that Galliano may be entering rehab for alcohol abuse. “Mr. Galliano was persuaded to accept treatment for his alcohol problems by close colleagues and friends like the supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, the sources said, asking to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the situation,” the report said.
The Dior Fall 2011 women’s wear show is still scheduled to take place on Friday. Riccardo Tisci, designer of Givenchy, is rumored to be at the top of the list for the new position at Dior.