As part of a court settlement, John Galliano will have to pay his former employers, Christian Dior and John Galliano SA, one “symbolic” euro each, Women’s Wear Daily reports. It was an unexpected ruling, considering that Galliano was actually the plaintiff in this case — he’d sued both companies for wrongful dismissal, but the court ruled against him. According to the paper, he was hoping to get somewhere between €2.4 million and €13 million from the brands.
Said Galliano in a statement, “I can’t let the 17 years I spent and enjoyed at Dior be blackened like this. During these years as creative director of this house, I did not realize that its success, multiplying its sales by four, came at a destructive and exorbitant cost: my physical and mental health. Always more work, always more obligations, always more pressure, a dangerous and pathological spiral, without control.”
So, that really didn’t work out for Galliano. And he’s about to participate in the most awkward transaction in history: “Hey, it’s, uh, John. Remember me? Yeah, can you break a five?”