Year: 2010

Jean-Paul Guerlain, one of the world's most well-known parfumiers, was found guilty after a trial that took him to task for making racist comments on French television in 2010. He claimed that he worked "harder than a nigger" to make his perfumes, and went on to say that "niggers have never worked as hard as he works to make his perfumes." The remarks led to protests at Guerlain stores across France. After the verdict was handed down, Guerlain's only defense was to say that he comes from a generation in France where such expressions were common.