Meow! Public relations executive Lynn Tesoro has filed a summons with notice against Jalou publishing-house president Marie-José Susskind-Jalou, as well as the editor’s daughters Jennifer Eymere and Vanessa Bellugeon. Tesoro filed the suit after allegedly being slapped in the face during an argument with the three aforementioned women at designer Zac Posen’s Spring 2013 runway presentation on September 9. The embarrassing altercation has led Tesoro to sue for $1 million in damages, citing battery, emotional distress, slander, libel, and assault.
It all went down during the chaos of New York Fashion Week; about thirty minutes before Posen show was set to begin, fire marshals reviewing safety were forced to remove 60 seats from the venue. Posen’s press team, led by Tesoro, was left scrambling
to accommodate important front row guests, including Susskind-Jalou and her daughters, who both also work
as fashion editors. When Tesoro was unable to find seats for the trio, a shouting match ensued and the situation heated up quickly.
Jennifer Eymere, who works at Jalouse magazine, admitted to giving Tesoro a slap but said she was sorry for her actions. “I said, ‘Don’t speak to my mom like this. You have to stop to speaking like that.’ I said, ‘Be careful, I am going to slap you,’ and she kept doing it, and it just happened,” said Eyemere told Women’s Wear Daily. “It was a small slap. It was not strong. I didn’t hurt her, it was just to humiliate her,” she added. “She humiliated my mom, and I humiliated her in front of her crew. Voilà. I just said at the end, ‘Now you know you don’t f*** with French people.'”
The incident left the audience gathered at the show abuzz. Speaking to the media following the incident, Tesoro confirmed she was slapped, but refused to make any further comment. Haute Lawyer will follow the case as it unfolds.