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John Galliano’s triple addiction to alcohol, sleeping tablets and Valium was not strong enough reasoning for a non-guilty verdict for the ex-creative director of French fashion house Dior. In February 2011, the Gibraltar-born Galliano was reported for making anti-Semitic insults outside La Perle Bar in Paris. This incident came after the designer was involved in a similar incident back in October last year. The 50-year-old claimed that he was frightened to work without inspiration and taking Valium would help him. It was however deemed insufficient evidence that his addiction had an effect on his behavior. Galliano won’t be serving any jail sentence but was handed a €17,500 EUR (approximately $24,243 USD) fine for the incidents, plus €5,000 EUR ($6,936 USD) in legal fees and a symbolic €1 as an expression of regret to the five anti-racist organizations that had brought forth civil lawsuit.
Source: Hint Fashion Magazine