New accusations against John Galliano were filed by an unnamed woman in Paris on Saturday morning. The woman alleged that she was the victim of racist remarks made by the designer in a Paris café called La Perle, where Galliano was arrested last Thursday for similar accusations of verbal assault toward a man and a woman, now identified as Philippe Virgiti and Géraldine Bloch. Galliano's lawyer, Stéphane Zerbib, confirmed that the latest plaintiff's reported altercation with the designer happened several weeks ago.
The news preceded the release of a video this morning by British tabloid The Sun, which was filmed with a handheld camera at La Perle and depicts a wine-swilling Galliano slurring, "I love Hitler ... People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be fucking gassed." When the woman recording him asks if he has a problem, he responds, "With you. You're ugly." She then asks where he's from, and he says, "Your asshole." It is unclear whether the video was filmed by the same unnamed woman who filed her complaint on Saturday.
As previously reported, Galliano was suspended from Christian Dior on Friday after Géraldine Bloch and Philippe Virgiti accused him of saying to them, "Dirty Jewish face, you should be dead ... Fucking Asian bastard, I will kill you," also at La Perle. Galliano responded on Friday by filing a complaint of defamation, injury, and menace against the pair.
Galliano is expected to meet with all three plaintiffs, including the unnamed woman, today at a police station in Paris, reports Women's Wear Daily. His lawyer has meanwhile produced three witness statements that Galliano never made any racist or anti-Semitic remarks, including one from the designer's chauffeur, who was present at the café throughout the incident with Bloch and Virgiti.
If convicted for insult, Galliano could face up to a year in prison and a fine of 22,500 euros (about $30,942); the penalty for defamation is up to one year in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros (about $61,884).