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The trial date for John Galliano has been set for 22nd June. The date was determined at a hearing in Paris yesterday which Galliano did not attend. The news comes a week after the troubled designer hired a new lawyer, Aurelien Hamelle, who declined to give further details. Although he did confirm that Galliano would be present at the trial.

"As a mark of respect to the court and to the victims, he will definitely be in court in June. He knows what he said was not right. And he regrets the remarks he made. But we should remember he was sick and in a bad place. He was so drunk he cannot really remember what he said. And he is still undergoing treatment now."

If found guilty of verbally abusing three people with anti-Semitic remarks, he could face up to six months in prison and a fine of over 22,000 euros. Although a prison sentence is unlikely according to the designer's legal team.