John Galliano has issued his first official statement regarding his firing from the house of Christian Dior for alleged anti-Semitic remarks made at a Paris café last Thursday. He denies any wrongdoing on that Thursday (which is not the incident captured in the tape of him saying "I love Hitler"), explaining that he was provoked by someone who tried to hit him with a chair and that he is seeking legal action for defamation. The full statement:
Since the events of last Thursday evening I have not been able to make any public comment on what took place based upon advice from my French lawyer. However, given the continuing delays at the French Prosecutor's Office I should make my position clear.
I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the Police investigation.