Designer Galliano tells court of drink, drug addiction

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Fallen fashion idol John Galliano on Wednesday told a Paris court where he faces charges of anti-Semitism that he is addicted to alcohol, sleeping tablets and valium.

"I have an addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, a recovering addict," he said at the start of his trial on allegations that he subjected customers in a trendy Paris bar to a drunken anti-Semitic and racist rant.

The 50-year-old couturier -- considered one of the finest fashion designers of his generation -- faces up to six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros ($32,000) if convicted.

Fashion house Christian Dior sacked him after the incident.

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