The flamboyant couturier's career has been in a downward spiral since he was arrested in France in February (11) over allegations he hurled anti-Semitic remarks at a couple during a night out, and a video tape which allegedly showed him praising Adolf Hitler later surfaced.
Galliano, who is currently at the centre of a police investigation in France over the scandal, was subsequently fired as head designer for Christian Dior and he has also been dismissed as creative director of his own fashion label.
But actress Newton is adamant Galliano should not be scorned by fans - as he deserves their sympathy.
She tells Britain's Evening Standard, "If someone's gone into rehab, I'm not thinking about their clothes. This is a much bigger deal than clothes; this is about a human being who's trying to check out of life.
"It goes way beyond what was said and any insults or offence taken. This is a human being who is in pain and I hope to God that he finds a way through that. I will be there to applaud him... It makes me emotional to talk about it."
The flamboyant couturier was arrested by cops in Paris, France in February (11) over allegations he hurled anti-Semitic remarks at a couple during a night out.
He was later fired as head designer for Christian Dior after video footage emerged in which he could allegedly be heard praising Adolf Hitler, and he's currently at the centre of a French police probe over the scandal.
Galliano's woes have now worsened - it emerged on Friday (15Apr11) that the board of his John Galliano label, largely made up of Christian Dior executives, have fired him from his role as creative director.
Galliano was dismissed as creative director for couture house Christian Dior following allegations he hurled anti-Semitic abuse at two strangers during a night out in Paris, France last month (Feb11).
But Philippe Virgitti, who filed a police complaint along with pal Geraldine Bloch, has dismissed the matter as a "simple bar dispute" which shouldn't impair the couturier's career.
Virgitti says, "For me it was a simple bar dispute. John Galliano does not deserve this. I do not want him to be destroyed like this.
"I would like Mr Galliano to benefit from this unhappy story by drinking a little less and getting back to making the dresses and shows that he did so well."
Galliano, who has also allegedly been captured in video footage praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, is reportedly facing prosecution for making racist insults.
He has also filed a countercomplaint against Virgitti and Bloch, alleging assault and verbal abuse.
The famed couturier was thrust into the spotlight last month (Feb11) following allegations he hurled anti-Semitic abuse at two strangers during a night out in the French capital.
A police investigation was launched and he was fired from his post as head designer at Christian Dior last week (01Mar11), while a video purportedly showing Galliano praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in another drunken rant has emerged online.
Galliano's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, has now spoken out about the ongoing police probe and suggested the designer's alleged bad behaviour can be attributed to him mixing alcohol with prescription pills.
Zerbib tells Ynetnews.com, "I have no explanation (for what happened). It could happen to any one of us. 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...
"People who don't know the case can afford to say things and they all have opinions. It's easy to talk, criticise, be appalled. But these people don't know what really happened... Galliano is not a racist or an anti-Semite."
And in reference to the video which emerged online, Zerbib adds, "Of course it's appalling... Let's just say that today this video is worth nothing."
The fashion world was rocked when the couturier was fired from his post as head designer at Christian Dior on Tuesday (01Mar11).
His dismissal came after a police probe into allegations the 50 year old hurled racist abuse at two strangers in Paris, France, and was filmed purportedly praising Nazi tyrant Adolf Hitler.
Galliano is now feeling the effects of the controversy - his press office confirms the latest collection for his eponymous label will not be displayed on the catwalk as originally planned for Sunday (06Mar11).
The show has been scrapped in favour of a downgraded "presentation", which Galliano is not expected to attend.
The Christian Dior autumn/winter 2011-12 catwalk show, which featured outfits created under Galliano's supervision, went ahead in the French capital on Friday (04Mar11).
Galliano is facing trial for allegedly hurling racist insults at a couple in a Paris bar last week (24Feb11). A video showing him praising Nazi leader Adolf Hitler in another drunken bar rant emerged shortly after, prompting claims the designer is anti-Jew.
As a result of the drama and it's fall-out, Galliano was fired as head couturier at Christian Dior on Tuesday (01Mar11) - a decision that has split the fashion world.
Chanel boss Karl Lagerfeld slammed Galliano for bringing shame on the industry, while Sex & the City stylist Patricia Field expressed her support for the shamed star.
Now Von Furstenberg has waded into the scandal - she's disgusted by Galliano's offensive remarks, but admits she can't help but feel some sympathy for the disgraced designer.
In an interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America on Thursday (03Mar11), she says, "It is a tragedy. First of all, let me tell you, I'm a Holocaust survivor; my mother, at the age of 20, was in a camp, so clearly, I cannot accept (his comments). I mean, the things that were said by him (are) completely, totally unacceptable.
"Having said that, John, as I know him, is a very sensitive, very fragile person, so I think he was to some degree provoked. I think he was laughed at and he appears... like, at least watching the tape, a child in a cage and trying to do, say things that he doesn't mean to defend himself.
"So definitely what he said is unacceptable, but I also know that he is a totally fragile, loving, wonderful artist and I think that to some degree, he was provoked."
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga, who strutted her stuff on the catwalk for Thierry Mugler's Paris Fashion Week show on Wednesday (02Mar11), is refusing to comment on the drama surrounding Galliano.
When asked by a CNN reporter to comment on the furore, she replies, "Let's skip that question. Let's keep it positive."
And there has been no comment so far from supermodel Kate Moss, who recently revealed she'd chosen Galliano to design her wedding dress for her July (11) nuptials.
Galliano was sacked as head designer at Christian Dior on Tuesday (01Mar11) following a police probe over allegations he abused two strangers in Paris, France, and was filmed praising Nazi tyrant Hitler.
Now, French prosecutors have confirmed they plan to put Galliano on trial for making anti-Semitic remarks.
The news came less than an hour after the designer apologised to fans for the scandal, and denied the allegations against him. He also revealed he's now seeking "help" to address his personal problems.
In a statement issued on Wednesday (02Mar11), Galliano says, "I must take responsibility for the circumstances in which I found myself and for allowing myself to be seen to be behaving in the worst possible light.
"I only have myself to blame and I know that I must face up to my own failures and that I must work hard to gain people's understanding and compassion.
"To start this process I am seeking help and all I can hope for in time is to address the personal failure which led to these circumstances and try and earn people's forgiveness. Anti-Semitism and racism have no part in our society. I unreservedly apologise for my behaviour in causing any offence."
But Galliano is adamant the allegations against him are untrue and his innocence will be proven in due course.
He adds, "I completely deny the claims made against me and have fully co-operated with the police investigation. A number of independent witnesses have given evidence and have told the police that I was subjected to verbal harassment and an unprovoked assault when an individual tried to hit me with a chair, having taken violent exception to my look and my clothing."
The disgraced designer was fired by bosses at Christian Dior on Tuesday (01Mar11) following his arrest for allegedly hurling anti-Semitic and racist abuse at a couple in Paris, France. He was also caught on tape declaring his "love" for Adolf Hitler.
Field is outraged that the fashion world has turned its back on the couturier, and she's offered her support in a message entitled In Praise Of John Galliano, posted on her Facebook.com page.
She writes, "Beauty, intelligence and energy would describe John as I know him. Where in this trilogy could one find hate? I ask you! My second question is... What exactly did he say? And the third is... What is really going on here??"
And in an interview with WWD.com, Field maintains Galliano's behaviour in the video is a "farce".
She adds, "People in fashion all they do is go and see John Galliano theatre every season. That's what he gives them. To me, this was the same except it wasn't in a theatre or in a movie. John lives in theatre. It's theatre. It's farce. But people in fashion don't recognise the farce in it.
"All of a sudden they don't know him. But it's OK when it's Mel Brooks' The Producers singing Springtime for Hitler."
The company's head designer has been under mounting pressure following allegations he abused two strangers in Paris, France and was caught on video talking of his "love" for Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
He was suspended by bosses at Christian Dior pending the outcome of a probe by French cops - but on Tuesday (01Mar11) a company spokesman announced Galliano has now been sacked.
Dior's chief executive Sidney Toledano says, "I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the essential values that have always been defended by the House of Christian Dior."
The style guru was arrested last week (24Feb11) after he allegedly hurled racist insults at a couple drinking in a Parisian bar.
He was released without charge but was suspended by bosses at fashion house Christian Dior, where he is head designer, while further police investigations took place.
Galliano's lawyer, Stephane Zerbib, denied the claims, and revealed that the star is planning to sue the couple for defamation. But the flamboyant couturier faced further scandal on Monday (28Feb11) with the release of a new video which apparently shows him lashing out at another group of drinkers at the same bar, telling them, "I love Hitler".
Now Best Actress Oscar winner Portman, who is currently the face of Christian Dior's Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, has taken aim at Galliano - insisting she will no longer have anything to do with the shamed designer.
She says in a statement, "I am deeply shocked and disgusted by the video of John Galliano's comments that surfaced today. In light of this video, and as an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way. I hope at the very least, these terrible comments remind us to reflect and act upon combating these still-existing prejudices that are the opposite of all that is beautiful."
The designer attended a Paris prosecutor's office on Monday (28Feb11) and denied all the allegations, according to the Associated Press.