Jeff Labrecque
February 25, 2011 AT 04:11 PM EST

British fashion designer John Galliano has been suspended from Christian Dior following an altercation in Paris that led to brief detainment by police and charges of anti-Semitic remarks. Dior’s official statement reads,

“Christian Dior has been informed of accusations that John Galliano, its designer, made anti-Semitic remarks in an incident last evening in Paris. Sidney Toledano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Christian Dior Couture, said: “Christian Dior has an unequivocal zero-tolerance policy regarding anti-Semitism and racism.” Christian Dior has suspended John Galliano from his position, pending the conclusion of the investigation being conducted by authorities.”

According to AFP, Galliano argued with a couple at a cafe terrace and was investigated for assault and anti-Semitic remarks. His lawyer denied the charges of anti-Semitism to the AFP.

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