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John Galliano Fired By Dior

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Update (3/2): Suzy Menkes writes that Galliano has left France to enter a rehabilitation facility to treat his alcohol problems -- "It is likely that his destination is The Meadows, a facility in Wickenberg, Arizona, where Elton John and Donatella Versace were treated in recent years."

Le Parisien reports that Galliano will be tried in criminal court for "public insults made against individuals based on their origin or their religious affiliation...made against three victims." He could be in court during the second half of the year and faces 6 months in prison and a fine of 22,500 euros ($31,200).

Update (3/1): Suzy Menkes writes, "Friends of Mr. Galliano, who would speak only on condition of anonymity, say that they have finally persuaded the troubled designer to go immediately into rehab -- and that the pace of fashion today, and particularly the rigorous structure of a corporate fashion house, broke the fragile, artistic creator."

Previously: Designer John Galliano has been officially fired by Christian Dior, Women's Wear Daily reports. The fashion house suspended Galliano last Friday, following his arrest at a Parisian cafe for allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks and assault. Another, separate complaint was filed on Saturday and on Monday morning, video surfaced of the designer saying, "I love Hitler."

Dior's president and CEO told the fashion newspaper, "I condemn most firmly the statements made by John Galliano which are a total contradiction with the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior."

Le Parisien got a hold of Dior's official statement, which reads in part: "Today, based on the odious behavior and the comments made by John Galliano in a video made public on Monday, the Christian Dior house has decided to lay him off and commence the formal termination procedure."

The designer worked for Dior since 1996. The brand's runway show is expected to be held in Paris on Friday. According to the Telegraph, "Bookmakers Paddy Power have already opened a book on who will succeed Galliano as Dior's creative director, with current Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati the 11/8 favourite, followed by ex Yves Saint Laurent and Dior Homme designer, Hedi Slimane, at 9/4." But the Guardian names Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci as the front-runner among fashion circles.

The Moment writes that Galliano's own show is still on the Fashion Week schedule for Sunday -- "A rep for the John Galliano label did, however, send out an e-mail on Tuesday morning, inquiring as to who would be attending the show."

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