facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Drug and Alcohol Treatment  Heroin

Galliano Pal's Death Caused Paris Elite's Cocaine Cover-Up

The cocaine-related death of Galliano's right-hand man at Dior was hidden to protect dealer's famous clients, say lawyers.

Image: 

Galliano: Complicit in the cover-up. Photo via

By Will Godfrey

08/21/11

| Share

The close sidekick of fashion designer and suspected anti-semite John Galliano had seven grams of cocaine in his system when he died in Paris four years ago—but a high-reaching cover-up labeled it a simple heart attack, reported yesterday's Sunday Times. Since 2007 it's been publicly maintained that Steven Robinson—Galliano's right-hand man at Dior for 11 years—died at 38 with no outside involvement. In fact, he had paid almost $750 for cocaine to a Senegalese dealer named Alassane Seck, who was subsequently sentenced to six years in jail for Robinson's manslaughter. Stringent French privacy laws ensured no journalists attended the trial—at which Galliano gave evidence—and no court documents were released. Now the lawyers who represented Seck claim this was done to protect some powerful establishment figures: "My client was supplying cocaine to some of the biggest names in Paris," said Francois-Henri Blistene. Another legal source added, "It smacks of a major cover-up. The reputation of both Galliano and Dior would have been sullied if this had been made public, as would the names of numerous important public figures who bought drugs from Seck." Most of Seck's alleged clients remain hidden, but Blistene mentioned one with startling connections: Francois Baudot was cultural adviser to President Nicolas Sarkozy, and friendly enough with French First Lady Carla Bruni to be godfather to her son. Baudot killed himself last year. Galliano, 50, whose reputation is now thoroughly sullied anyway, told his antisemitism trial in June how Robinson's death increased his reliance on anti-depressants and alcohol, which eventually led to his offensive drunken remarks in two bars and his dismissal from Dior in March. He is thought to have attended Arizona rehab The Meadows. The verdict on his case is due next month—with a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

Most Popular
Sober Living
How I Forgave the Woman Who Helped My Son Die of an Overdose

She introduced him to the drug that eventually killed him. It took a long time, but eventually I had to treat her the way my son would have wanted.

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu
 
 
 
 
 

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery
 
 
 

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center
 
 
 
 

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious San Diego rehab has a program for you—if you can tear yourself away from “the most amazing massages ever."

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab
 
 
 
 
 

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv