John Galliano trial set for June 22

Last Updated: May 13, 2011, 13:27 PM IST

London: John Galliano will reportedly stand trial in Paris June 22 on charges of verbally abusing three people with anti-Semitic and racist slurs on two separate occasions.

The British-born designer, who was sacked from French couture house Christian Dior, faces up to six months in prison and a fine of 22,500 Euros (USD 31,430) if found guilty, reports

Galliano`s lawyer Aurelien Hamelle claims his client was provoked.

The three plaintiffs - Geraldine Bloch, Philippe Virgitti and Fathia Oumeddour - allege the designer hurled insults at them in Paris on two separate occasions - first time in October 2010 and later in February this year.

Galliano`s lawyer said his client, who didn`t appear at the hearing, isn`t currently in France. But, Hamelle refused to reveal the designers` whereabouts.

In March, Galliano reportedly checked into The Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona after being urged to get help for his alcohol problems by Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.