John Galliano has been suspended from Dior after allegedly verbally accosting a couple that was sitting at an outdoor café table in Paris's Marais district last night. According to French police sources, he supposedly made anti-Semitic remarks. "For the moment we don't know what led him to address the couple," the police source told the AFP. "We don't yet know if they knew each other or not."
Galliano was briefly detained by the police, who found that he had been drinking alcohol but released him because no charges have yet been filed. Galliano's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, told the AFP that the designer "formally denies the accusations of anti-Semitism made against him ... [he] is not at all in this state of mind [and] will explain later." Zerbib added that "legal action will be taken against those making such accusations."
This morning, The Wall Street Journal's Christina Binkley tweeted, "Talk about a hangover: John Galliano has been suspended from #Dior, after last night's police questioning." Meanwhile, Vogue U.K. has reported a different side of the story:
"We had a table at La Perle and John Galliano sat next to us," our eyewitness told us. "He spoke to a couple at a nearby table to say 'Cheers' and they insulted him. An argument started and the police came, so Galliano's bodyguard suggested that they should go to the police station to sort it out. He wasn't 'busted' aggressively by police, it was very quiet and peaceful. I definitely didn't hear him say anything anti-Semitic, or against any religion, it was all very calm."
Update: Christian Dior president and CEO Sidney Toledano confirmed that Galliano has been suspended from the house until police conclude their investigation of last night's incident, Women's Wear Daily reports. Toledano emphasized that Dior has a zero-tolerance policy against racism and anti-Semitism.
A police source said that Galliano's blood alcohol level at the time of the incident was 1.01 (the legal limit for driving in Paris is 0.5).