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John Galliano's Lawyer Speaks

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Ever since John Galliano issued an apology last week, things from his camp have been relatively quiet — that is until now.

The designer's lawyer Stephane Zerbib, who by the way is Jewish, recently sat down for a lengthy interview with Isreal's YNet News to talk about the circumstances surrounding his client's case.

Here's what he had to say:

Your client is accused of making rather harsh anti-Semitic comments. What is your explanation for this?
"I have no explanation. It could happen to any one of us. Anyone can go to a bar, drink a little and get into a fight with someone."

So alcohol is to blame?
"It’s alcohol mixed with medications. You're very vulnerable when you're in this state. People who don’t know the case can afford to say things and they all have opinions. It's easy to talk, criticize, be appalled. But these people don't know what really happened."

Cynics would say he hired you specifically because you are Jewish.
"If it amuses them let them say it. But I have been John Galliano's lawyer for the past seven years. It has nothing to do with the fact that I have a Jewish name."

Did you sense his alleged prejudices over the years?
"Never"

Were you surprised by the recent publications?
"Very. I'm not the only one – everyone was surprised. I heard about it that same Thursday, but there was no talk of anti-Semitism at the time. The cops weren't handling it as a case of anti-Semitism."

So what were they investigating?
"An argument between people, like people fight in a bar."

Strange, there have been anti-Semitic quotes in the press.
"Yes, that's the complaint the woman filed."

And you still believe he never made such comments.
"Yes"

In your experience, what kind of a person is he?
"He's polite, courteous, very human. His collections have always been about tolerance, openness, love and mutual respect. He even did a show inspired by the homeless to remind us of the creativity of those struggling to make it with little financial means."

Stephane also refused to comment on Galliano's whereabouts for "his own good" and believes the video of his client was staged.

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