As John Galliano's biggest supporters question the validity of that video, which depicted him saying he loves Hitler among other appalling things, some information about its origins are coming out, though nothing terribly revelatory. The video, which seemingly clinched Dior's decision to fire Galliano, was sold to newspaper The Sun by CitizenSide, which brokers such paparazzi footage, for an undisclosed sum. The company's founder, Philippe Checinski, told a radio station in France that "a contributor" sent him the video. Not identifying who made the video, Checinski added, "As soon as we received it we knew it was a big deal."
He tried to sell the video, filmed at French café La Perle in December of last year, to French media outlets earlier, but no one bit. Checinski thinks they might not have wanted to spend the money on it; were afraid of upsetting Dior, a big advertiser; and didn't want to violate French privacy laws. When Galliano was arrested last week, Checinski knew the timing was right to revisit the sale. The person who gave the video to Checinski will receive 65 percent of all sales in France and 50 percent of international sales. Checinski cannot say how much he or she is making, only that, "I can tell you that the contributor is very happy."