NewsFlash! John Galliano Finally Speaks, Issues Formal Statement.

March 2, 2011 • Fashion

Galliano heading into a French police station on Monday

John Galliano has finally broken his silence regarding the scandal surrounding him the past few days. The former couturier for Christian Dior and design legend has watched his entire world crumble this week as his accusations of being racist and anti-Semitic have cost him his job, image and reputation. And as the shows of Paris Fashion Week kick off, Galliano has finally issued an official statement about the incidents, as emailed by the law firm Harbottle & Lewis. In the statement, Galliano "completely" denies being racist or anti-Semitic and describes seeking defamation for the potentially violent threat that was brought upon him first, provoking the alleged verbal attack. It states as follows:

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.

A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the Police that I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing. For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me.

However, I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people.

I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light. I only have myself to blame and

I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people's understanding and compassion. To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people's forgiveness.

I have fought my entire life against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination having been subjected to it myself. In all my work my inspiration has been to unite people of every race, creed, religion and sexuality by celebrating their cultural and ethnic diversity through fashion. That remains my guiding light.

Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologise for my behaviour in causing any offence.

Galliano does not make any mention of the incriminating video that was released earlier this week of the designer confessing to "loving" Hitler, a catalyst thet prompted Christian Dior to fire their couturier since 1996.

Now as fashion experts around the board weigh in on Galliano's guilt or innocence, it is still yet to be determine whether the designer will or will not be absolved of blame. One thing is for sure however, his image has been severely tarnished forever.

-Alia Rajput

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