Zac Posen"s PR files lawsuit against front-row journalist who slapped her at New York Fashion Week

Zac Posen's PR files lawsuit against front-row journalist who slapped her at New York Fashion Week

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21:41 GMT, 9 November 2012

The public relations representative for Zac Posen has filed
a lawsuit against a French magazine who she slapped her in the
face over seating issues at the designer's fashion show.

PR executive Lynn Tesoro is suing Jalouse
editor Jennifer Eymere for 'unspecified damages,' alleging battery, libel, assault, and slander, according to WWD.

In her suit, Ms Tesoro claims: 'It was not a small slap, but a hard one,' which did physical harm, as well as 'injuring' her business and causing humiliation.

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, slapped public relations executive Lynn Tesoro (right) during New York Fashion Week; now Ms Tesoro is suing her

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

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

The location: From left, model Naomi Campbell, designer Zac Posen, and model Coco Rocha at the Zac Posen show after the 'slapping' incident had taken place

‘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 apologizing for the crowding.

Less than 72 hours after the incident took place, it was reported that Ms Tesoro was going to sue for $1million, and she has now officially filed a lawsuit.

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.