TESORO SUIT SETTLED: The $1 million “slap” lawsuit filed by public relations executive Lynn Tesoro against Jalou publishing house president Marie-José Susskind-Jalou and her daughters Jennifer Eymere and Vanessa Bellugeon of Jalouse and L’Officiel magazines has been settled, according to a source. The lawsuit alleging libel, assault and slander charges was initially filed in New York Supreme Court and later transferred to Manhattan federal court on diversity grounds because the parties are from two countries, the U.S. and France.
The lawsuit alleged that Susskind-Jalou, who faced a battery charge, slapped Tesoro in the face prior to Zac Posen’s runway show at Avery Fisher Hall on Sept. 9. Eymere was sued for libel, and all three defendants were charged with assault and slander. The incident occurred when fire marshals decided to remove 60 seats from the designer’s show, causing Tesoro’s public relations firm HL Group to scramble to reassign seats, resulting in the altercation between Tesoro and the trio. According to the court papers, quoting WWD’s report on the incident, Eymere later boasted: “It was a small slap. It was not strong. I didn’t hurt her, it was just to humiliate her. 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–k with French people.’”
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Settlement terms were not disclosed, although one source close to Tesoro said she did receive and accept an apology as part of the settlement.
Steven G. Storch of Storch Amini & Munves, who represented Tesoro, confirmed that a settlement is in place. Jeffrey Udell of Olshan Frome Wolosky, who represented the defendants, could not be reached for comment.