The Paris Prosecutors Office has decided to put the designer on trial following a police investigation, reports The Telegraph. His case is expected to be heard during the second quarter of this year.
If convicted, Galliano could face up to six months in prison and fines of up to €22,500 (about $31,207), the standard penalty in France for insult against people due to their origin, belonging or not belonging to a religion, race or ethnicity, according to WWD.
Galliano faces the charge of public insult after three people filed complaints about the designer, alleging that he hurled anti-Semitic and racist abuse at them at La Perle cafe in Paris. He was arrested last week for alleged assault after a late-night drinking session.
In the statement released yesterday, the designer wrote: "I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the Police investigation" and apologized for his recent behavior, which includes an inflammatory video of him making anti-Semitic remarks. He wrote: "I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light... I have fought my entire life against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination having been subjected to it myself."
Galliano was dismissed from Dior earlier this week and the designer is thought to have entered a rehabilitation facility, after being urged to do so by colleagues and friends. The Dior show will go on as planned in Paris tomorrow, without Galliano's signature finale bow.
For a lighter dose of fashion news, check out Lady Gaga's runway debut at the Thierry Mugler show yesterday.