Legally Yours. John Galliano Hires New Lawyer

May 4, 2011 • Designers, Legally Yours

John Galliano with his former lawyer, Stéphane Zerbib

The most famously infamous name in the fashion world these past few months, John Galliano has some new legal plans to report.The former couturier of Dior and head designer at his own eponymous label has reportedly hired a new lawyer to represent him in in the trial for his charge of public insult at a French cafe.

Galliano's longtime lawyer Stéphane Zerbib was recently fired following the discovery of apparent "irregularities" in respect to his firm’s methods of handling  Galliano’s financial affairs over the years. The designer's publicist Jo Milloy said Aurelian Hamelle of Metzner Associes in Paris has been hired as Galliano's new legal representation.

The designer snatched headlines for weeks after allegedly hurling anti-semitic remarks at a couple in a Parisian cafe back in March and stating "I Love Hitler" in a shocking video that was released soon after. After being fired from Dior and the John Galliano label, the ruined designer recently completed an “intensive” one-month treatment at a rehabilitation center in Arizona and is said to be receiving extended “after care.”

The penalty in France for insult against people due to their origin, belonging or not belonging to a religion, race or ethnicity is six months imprisonment and a fine of 22,500 euros, or $31,271 at current exchange, according to the French prosecutor. A trial date is expected to be set by May 12.

-Alia Rajput

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