John Galliano could spend six months in jail as he stands trial for his alleged anti-Semitic comments. Galliano has apologised for his behaviour, although he still denies making racist remarks.

Yesterday, French prosecutors announced that the British designer would stand trial for his outburst in a Paris cafe.

Galliano’s trial should take place in the next three months and, if found guilty of making anti-Semitic remarks, Galliano could spend up to six months in prison and be forced to pay a €22,500 (£19,000) fine.

In a public apology, issued through a British legal firm, Galliano said: “Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologize for my behaviour in causing any offence.”

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However, confusingly, he also denied claims of anti-Semitic behaviour and said he would sue the people who made them.

Galliano argues that he was provoked and subjected to verbal harassment before the incident.

“I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing…For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me,” the designer said.

Meanwhile Christian Dior said its Paris Fashion Week show on Friday will go ahead despite the sacking its head designer.

A Dior spokeswoman told Reuters: “The show is being maintained. The invitations have been sent out and the seating has been done as usual. No one has informed us they are not planning to come.”

Galliano will reportedly check into The Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona, USA.