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Galliano leaves Paris police station after five hours of questioning over bar spat

posted 28 Feb 2011, 11:49 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 28 Feb 2011, 11:51 ]

Star fashion designer John Galliano leaves a Paris police station after five hours of questioning over allegations that he hurled racist remarks at a couple in a Paris bar.

PARIS, FRANCE (FEBURARY 28, 2011)  REUTERS - John Galliano's future at Christian Dior looked uncertain on Monday as police questioned the British fashion designer for several hours over accusations that he hurled racial abuse at people in a Paris bar.

One of the world's top designers and known for his dramatic shows and flamboyant style, Galliano was suspended by Dior on Friday hours after a couple complained he shouted racist and anti-Semitic insults at them while out drinking in Paris's hip Marais district.

His lawyer said Galliano, who lives in Paris, denies making racist or anti-Semitic comments. But speculation about his future raged after a new complaint was lodged about a similar incident in October and a British tabloid posted a video clip of what it said was Galliano making offensive remarks.

Galliano ignored questions on Monday as he strode through a crowd of reporters outside a police station in central Paris, his face largely hidden by a wide-brimmed black hat as he emerged from a Land Rover. He was inside more than five hours.

On the way out he briefly lost his hat as he was mobbed by a crowd of TV cameras, but still refused to comment.

The fracas has come exactly a week before Galliano was due to present Dior's new womens ready-to-wear collection at this week's fashion week.