03/05/2011 17:50 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Galliano's Lawyer Fired Just Weeks Before Court Hearing

John Galliano and lawyer Steohane Zerbib photographed together back in February. Photo: PA

John Galliano has hit back at claims that his Jewish lawyer Stephane Zerbib walked out on him. A statement released from the Galliano camp earlier today said "Mr Zerbib was dismissed as Mr Galliano's lawyer some weeks ago following the discovery of apparent irregularities in respect of his firm's administration of Mr Galliano's financial affairs over a number of years."

The is designer preparing to go to court next week for hearings ahead of his public slander trial in France after allegedly making anti-Semitic remarks to a couple in a Parisian cafe.

Zerbib previously defended Galliano in the press by saying, "Anyone can go to a bar, drink a little and get into a fight with someone ... It's alcohol mixed with medications. You're very vulnerable when you're in this state."

Barring Ashley Olsen's vintage Dior dress, there was a notable absence of Christian Dior gowns on the red carpet at the Met Ball last night - and no designs created by John Galliano's eponymous label.