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In his pending court case to determine whether he assaulted and made racist and anti-Semitic remarks against a couple at a Paris bar one night a few weeks ago, former Christian Dior creative director John Galliano has retained the counsel of lawyer Stephane Zerbib of London firm Harbottle & Lewis. Zerbib himself is Jewish and, since taking on the case, has been on the receiving end of a public backlash that has included harassing phone calls. He granted an interview to YNet News where he tells the reporter, "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" and chalks up Galliano's behavior that night to "alcohol mixed with medications."
How do you handle the criticism?· Galliano's Jewish Lawyer [YNetNews.com]
"I don't care about it. Criticizing is easy."
So you don’t feel like the devil's advocate then?
"This is hardly the devil. I never would have taken the case had I thought that. "
And you never reconsidered taking the case?
"No. First of all it has nothing to do with the fact I'm Jewish or not. In this profession we take an oath to provide any person with the possibility of defense, regardless of their social background, nationality, religion or skin color. Just like doctors. Moreover, he is not guilty to the best of my knowledge, he hasn't been convicted so that question is not relevant. But the media has always been quicker than the legal system, that is the problem today."
What did your family make of the whole thing? What did your mother think, for instance?
"They all talk to me about it. She said she was very proud her son is doing his job and respects his oath."
· All John Galliano coverage [Racked]