Quoting the designer-
"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," he said.
"For these reasons I have commenced proceedings for defamation and the threats made against me."
The designer continued: "However, I fully accept that the accusations made against me have greatly shocked and upset people.
"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."
"I have fought my entire life against prejudice, intolerance and discrimination, having been subjected to it myself."