Galliano Caught Ranting on Video: 'I Love Hitler'

Meanwhile, designer files defamation claim
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 28, 2011 9:29 AM CST
John Galliano Anti-Semitic Rant Caught on Video: Christian Dior Fashion Designer Says 'I Love Hitler,' Among Other Things
In this Thursday, June 28, 2007 file photo, British fashion designer John Galliano acknowledges applause after his Men's Spring-Summer 2008 collection show, in Paris.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)

After John Galliano's alleged anti-Semitic rant and subsequent arrest, the British fashion designer filed a defamation claim against the couple accusing him. But he may have a harder time defending himself now, because it turns out he was caught on video saying, among other things, "I love Hitler." It's not clear if the cellphone video is from Thursday night's incident or another time, although it was filmed in the same cafe, the Telegraph reports. Galliano is heard slurring, "People like you would be dead. Your mothers, your forefathers, would all be f***ing gassed."

The people in the group to whom he was speaking were French and Italian, not Jewish, the Sun reports. When asked if he has a problem, Galliano replies, "With you. You're ugly." Then, when asked where he's from: "Your a**hole." (Watch the video here.) Meanwhile, Galliano denies the incident for which he was arrested, claiming that his accuser actually insulted him, not the other way around—and that her boyfriend threatened him with a chair. New York magazine takes a look at the conflicting reports surrounding the incident; at least one witness supports Galliano and says the couple started the problem. Vogue UK adds that a second woman filed a police complaint against Galliano Saturday alleging anti-Semitic remarks, in an incident which may or may not be related to Thursday's. (More John Galliano stories.)

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