New York PR sues for $1million after being slapped by French journalist over seating issues at Zac Posen fashion show

New York PR sues for $1million after being slapped by French journalist over seating issues at Zac Posen fashion show

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20:14 GMT, 12 September 2012

A top New York PR is reportedly suing
a French magazine editor for $1million, after she slapped her in the
face over seating issues at a Zac Posen fashion show.

According
to the New York Daily News Lynn Tesoro filed a claim against Jalouse
editor Jennifer Eymere in Manhattan Supreme Court less than 72 hours
after the incident, accusing her of counts of assault, battery,
emotional distress and slander.

Defending
her actions Ms Eymere previously told WWD that she was not trying to
hurt Ms Tesoro, but trying to humiliate her in front of her colleagues.

Frayed tempers: Jennifer Eymere (left), of Paris-based Jalouse magazine, lashed out at public relations manager Lynn Tesoro (right)

 Lynn Tesoro

Frayed tempers: Jennifer Eymere (left), of Paris-based
Jalouse magazine, lashed out at public relations manager Lynn Tesoro (right)

Around 30 minutes before Zac Posen's spring / summer presentation was due to start on Sunday fire
marshals were forced to pull 60 seats from the Avery Fisher Hall venue
due to overcrowding.

And according to WWD Jennifer Eymere, of Paris-based
Jalouse magazine, was so infuriated when she was left standing that she
lashed out at the show's public relations manager Lynn Tesoro.

Ms Eymere was at the event with her sister Vanessa
Bellugeon and mother Marie-Jos Susskind-Jalou – president of
Jalou publishing house.

She told WWD that her temper got the better of her when Ms Tesoro started being inappropriate to her mother.

'I said, ‘Don’t speak to my mom like this. You
have to stop to speak like that.’ I said, ‘Be careful, I am going to
slap you,’ and she kept doing it, and it just happened.

Time and place: From left, model Naomi Campbell, designer Zac Posen, and model Coco Rocha at the Zac Posen show

Time and place: From left, model Naomi Campbell, designer Zac Posen, and model Coco Rocha at the Zac Posen show

‘Now you know you don’t f*** with French people,' she said.

She added that she was sorry for the incident and she didn't mean to hurt Ms Tesoro.

'It was just to humiliate her. She
humiliated my mom, and I humiliated her in front of her crew. Voil. I
just said at the end.'

WWD reports that Tesoro confirmed the incident happened, but
declined to comment further, meanwhile Mr Posen sent a note to Ms Eymere apologising for the crowding.

Since
launching his self-titled label just over a decade ago Zac Posen has
become one of New York's go-to designers and his shows attract a wealth
of industry players.

The
old-Hollywood glamour of his evening looks has made him a firm favourite
with a number of leading ladies including Natalie Portman, Gwyneth
Paltrow, and Beyonc.

As well as the seating debacle there was also a 40 minute delay said to have been caused by Naomi Campbell’s
late arrival, as she was booked to make a surprise appearance.

But
the wait was worth it, as the audience which included Kelly Osbourne
and Alexa Chung, gasped in amazement as the supermodel finally stepped
out.

She walked down the
runway to the jazz song 'Sunday Kind of Love' in a pretty flowered dress
followed by models Erin O’Connor, Karolina Kurkova and Alek Wek.

Both Ms Tesoro, the co-founder of HL Group, which looks after Mr Posen's public relations. and her lawyer did not respond for comment.