Testifying in a Paris courtroom Wednesday, fashion designer John Galliano said his anti-Semitic rants at a Paris café were fuelled by addiction, not bigotry.

“I never held those views — the things I’m being accused of today,” said the former creative director for Christian Dior, facing charges of making “public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity.”

When asked for his last thoughts by the judge at Paris’ Palais de Justice during his one-day trial, Galliano said his work shows that he embraces and celebrates cultural diversity.

The prosecution is seeking 10,000 euros ($14,500) in damages to people at whom he allegedly hurled the abuse in a drunken outburst that has wrecked the 50-year-old’s towering career.

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