John Galliano Found Guilty of Making Anti-Semitic Comments

09/08/2011 at 08:15 AM EDT

John Galliano Guilty of Anti-Semitic Comments
John Galliano
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Fashion designer John Galliano was convicted in Paris Thursday of hate crimes after making anti-Semitic and racist remarks on two separate occasions.

The court imposed a suspended fine of 6,000 euros ($8,500) this afternoon. The former Dior designer was also ordered to pay a symbolic one euro fine to one of the plaintiffs in the case.

Galliano was not in court to hear the ruling. Speaking to reporters outside the courtroom, his attorney Aurélien Hamelle called it a "wise decision" and added that his client was now "very relieved."

The 6,000 euro fine is suspended on a conditional term, according to legal sources, that Galliano not be found guilty of any crime in France for five years. He must also pay a 90-euros court cost to the French government.

Two Cases

Thursday's decision is the result of two cases heard simultaneously in June by the 17th chamber of the Paris Criminal Court. In the first episode, which resulted in Galliano's Feb. 24 arrest, he was accused of assaulting two people at La Perle, a cafe down the street from his Marais apartment.

The second case involved an incident on Oct. 8, 2010, at the same bar, where he was accused of insulting a 40-year-old woman. The plaintiff in that case came forward only after his February arrest.

Neither case was directly related to a third incident – Galliano's infamous video in which he professed his love for Hitler.

Galliano, 50, who was fired by Dior following the incidents, attended the proceedings Wednesday, having barely been seen since his arrest. After testifying to a police inquiry in February, he left France to enter The Meadows rehabilitation center in Wickenburg, Ariz.

Since his April release from The Meadows, he was rarely seen in public, other than briefly at Los Angeles International Airport while in transit to an outpatient care facility. He did attend Kate Moss's July 1 wedding, for which he also designed the gown.

On June 22, Galliano took the stand in his own defense, testifying to the court that he doesn't remember the incident of Feb. 24 because of a triple addiction to sleeping pills, Valium and alcohol. Explaining his absence of memory, he said: "I have an addiction. I am currently undergoing treatment."

Dressed in a somber black suit, the designer told the court his addictions grew from his work load and grief caused by the deaths of his father and his right-hand man, Stephen Robinson.

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