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Galliano Can’t Recall Anti-Semitic Rant, to Blame Addiction

John Galliano, the designer fired by Christian Dior SA over a video recording of his saying “I love Hitler,” will tell a Paris court he doesn’t remember two other incidents in which he is accused of anti-Semitic and racist attacks on bar patrons, and deny having such prejudices.

Galliano “was sick, very sick with addictions to alcohol and drugs” for which he is receiving treatment, his lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle, said in a telephone interview last week. “This is not the trial of a racist man or an anti-Semitic man, it is the trial of a sick man who said things he doesn’t believe -- that he doesn’t even remember.”