John Galliano To Stand Trial Next Month

The designer could go to prison for six months

Photos by Keystone Press

It was announced today after the hearing at High Court in Paris, that John Galliano’s criminal trial for his alleged assault against Geraldine Bloch, Philippe Virgitti and Fathia Oumeddour, is set for June 22, 2011.

After dismissing his former lawyer Stephane Zebib whom he charged for embezzlement, Galliano’s new star lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle, represented the designer today and will defend him against the two separate incidents of public insult, one from February 24, 2011 and the other from October 8, 2010. If found guilty, Galliano will face 6 months in prison and will be fined up to 22,500 euros.

“The question is to know who said what at what moment,” Hamelle said before the hearing.

The designer was dismissed from Dior and his signature fashion house John Galliano last March and is undergoing rehab. Galliano stated shortly after his firing that he is “seeking help, and [will]try and earn people’s forgiveness.”

But with Galliano ousted, who will fill in his show-stopping theatrical shoes? Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy, Alber Elbaz from Lanvin and Haider Ackerman are rumored to be part of this highly-acclaimed, and rampantly-speculative shortlist.