>> It has come to light that Steven Robinson, John Galliano's longtime right-hand man at Dior who passed away in 2007 at the age of 38, did not die of a heart attack as it was reported at the time. Instead, according to new reports, his cause of death was a cocaine overdose — he was found in his Paris home with up to 7 grams of the drug in his system.
Robinson was supplied the cocaine by Alassane Seck, a 40-year-old illegal immigrant from Senegal, who was later convicted of manslaughter after Robinson's death. Galliano is said to have testified at Seck's trial in 2008, but no journalists attended proceedings, and no official documents containing Robinson's cause of death were ever released, provoking accusations of a cover-up aimed at protecting Dior's reputation.
During Seck's trial, it emerged that dozens of "big names in the fashion world" were using his services, according to his lawyer, Francois-Henri Blistene. "There is a great deal to this entire case which has never been discussed publicly . . . My client was supplying cocaine to some of the biggest names in Paris, including Mr Robinson. Many other public figures were also using his services."
Seck was jailed for seven years in 2008, but has since been released.