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John Galliano's Accuser Says: "I Don't Think He is Anti-Semitic"

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In a statement to the Times of London, Philipe Virgitti, one of the accusers in the John Galliano anti-Semitism case who phoned police, had the Christian Dior creative director arrested, and, thus, set off the domino effect of Galliano's worldwide shaming and disgrace, not to mention the designer's dismissal from Dior and, what seems to be a swift and bitter end to a brilliant decades-long career, has said he does not think Galliano is racist or anti-Semitic and he hopes that Galliano has learned a lesson.

"For me it was a simple bar dispute," Philipe Virgitti—who along with his girlfriend Geraldine Bloch accused Galliano of using racist insults towards them—said. "We were having a beer when he sat beside us. He got aggressive, turned to my friend and said 'Your voice is annoying me, you're speaking too loudly'."

Asked if he had used anti-Semitic language, Virgitti answered, "Yes, although I'm not convinced now that he really meant them. I don't think he is racist or anti-Semitic. I just think he's very ill."

"John Galliano does not deserve this," Virgitti added, the Times reports. "I would like Mr Galliano to benefit from this unhappy story by drinking a little less and getting back to making the dresses and shows that he did so well."

Well, Virgitti, lesson learned.
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