French prosecutors have ordered fashion designer John Galliano to stand trial over his alleged anti-Semitic remarks to patrons in a Paris cafe, reports the Associated Press. The charges came just hours after Galliano issued a public apology Wednesday. "Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society," he said in a statement. "I unreservedly apologize for my behavior in causing any offense."
Galliano was suspended as head of Christian Dior last week and fired Tuesday after a video of a second incident containing racist remarks went public. Prosectors said Galliano is facing charges of "public insults based on the origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity." The trial could start as early as next month; he could spend up to six months in prison if convicted.
In the statement, Galliano said he "completely" denies the charges, but knows that the accusations have "greatly shocked and upset people." He added that he was seeking help and is believed to have entered rehab. Dior's show is still scheduled for Friday.
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