Galliano has since said he is an alcoholic and has been in recovery for the past two years. In a statement prior to his arrival in New York, he said he "descended into the madness of the disease" and continued to express his sorrow for causing pain to the Jewish community.
Foxman said he had personally spent hours talking with Galliano, and that the designer is meeting with a rabbi and studying Holocaust history. He said the designer had even offered to teach fashion to disadvantaged students in Israel.
"I think this is a malicious distortion, either to continue to destroy this man or to sell newspapers. Take your choice," Foxman said.
"I'm in the business because I believe people can change their hearts and minds, otherwise why bother?" he added. "This is destroying this man again."