A court in Paris convicted John Galliano of anti-Semitic slurs, but he will not serve jail time. He was issued a suspended €4,000 fine (meaning he'll have to pay if he screws up again) for slinging anti-Semitic insults at a couple in a Paris café and was ordered to pay the two plaintiffs a symbolic €1. He was also issued a suspended €2,000 fine for a separate incident in October of 2010, which is not the one captured so shockingly in a video filmed in December of last year.
Galliano, who was not in court to hear his sentence, faced a maximum of six months in jail plus a €22,500 (about $31,000) fine. At his June trial, the prosecutor asked judges for a guilty sentence with no jail time and a €10,000 (about $14,000) fine. Plaintiff Geraldine Bloch sought a single euro and "expression of regret" from Galliano, while her significant other, Philippe Virgitti, also a plaintiff, wanted compensation for "moral damage."
With Fashion Week starting today, expect the mood in the tents to be light. Galliano is now free to take a job at another label, if he's asked. Surely, with such expressions of support from the industry's most influential people, and that pretty new Vogue spread he appeared in, someone is interested.
GALLIANO VERDICT: GUILTY, BUT NO JAIL TIME [Elle UK]
GUILTY: GALLIANO TRIAL VERDICT AND SENTENCE ANNOUNCED [Grazia]
Related: John Galliano’s Trial: Lawyers Blame Antidepressants, Alcohol, and Sleeping Pills for Making Him ‘Ill’ [Updated]
Update: Galliano's lawyer Aurélien Hamelle spoke to the BBC about the verdict. Noting that his client got no jail time and has to pay no fines, he said, "There is no penalty so to speak which is a very strong sign by the courts, because it shows the court took into account his sincere apology, the fact that Mr. Galliano undertook treatment for his addiction."
At the June trial, Galliano blamed his outbursts on addictions to alcohol and prescription drugs. Hamelle added, "Mr Galliano is relieved. Relieved that these eight months are behind him. He is looking forward to a future with understanding and forgiveness, hopefully, and to put all of this behind him."