In 2007, Steven Robinson, a close friend and colleague of John Galliano's at Christian Dior, was found dead in his Paris apartment. At the time of his death, the cause was stated to be a heart attack. Owing to strict privacy laws in France, the actual circumstances surrounding his death have been concealed — until now. Robinson actually died because of a drug overdose — not a heart attack — and was found with seven grams of cocaine in his system, which he bought from celebrity drug dealer Alassane Seck for around $740. Seck was later convicted of Robinson's manslaughter, the trial for which included evidence from Galliano and many details about celebrity drug use.
In his public slander trial this year for making anti-Semitic comments to a couple in a Paris café that lead to his firing from Dior, Galliano blamed Robinson's death for the depression that drove him to abuse drugs and alcohol, which in turn fueled his outbursts.
Seck's French barrister, François-Henri Blistene, spoke to the Telegraph about the case.
"The reputation of both Galliano and Dior would have been sullied if this had been made public, as would the names of numerous important public figures who bought drugs from Seck."
During Seck's 'secret' trial it emerged that dozens of 'big names in the fashion world' used his services, said Mr Blistene.
However the only famous client's name to have come out is François Baudot, France's cultural minister under President Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as godfather to first lady Carla Bruni's son Aurélien. Baudot committed suicide last year at the age of 60.
So file this story under the millions of other reasons not to do cocaine.
John Galliano friend killed by massive cocaine overdose [Telegraph UK]