Lynn Tesoro, the public relations executive who got slapped by a French editor at Zac Posen's Spring 2013 show, has slapped back at her assailant (and her assailant's mother and sister) with a lawsuit.
On Thursday, Tesoro — a founding partner of HL Group — filed a suit against Jalouse magazine editor Jennifer Eymere, Eymere's mother Marie-José Susskind-Jalou, president of Jalou Publishing, and Eymere's sister Vanessa Bellugeon of L'Officiel magazine. The suit charges all three with assault and slander, and Tesoro's lawyers are asking the court for unspecified damages. Tesoro had previously filed a lawsuit that asked for $1 million in damages and charged the three with "assault, battery, emotional distress, slander and/or libel."
The incident that brought the lawsuit started when the New York Fire Department took issue with the setup for Posen's Spring 2013 show and removed about 60 seats from the venue, a balcony at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Tesoro's lawsuit says that when she attempted to find different seats for Susskind-Jalou and her daughters, the trio "refused to listen to reason and continued to berate" her. Eventually, Eymere slapped Tesoro on the face.
Eymere told WWD back in September that she didn't like the way her mother was being treated and warned the publicist a smack was coming her way. "It was a small slap. It was not strong. I didn't hurt her, it was just to humiliate her," she said. "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.'"
But Tesoro's lawyers say that doesn't justify the slap. "Such statements falsely indicated that Tesoro deserved to be slapped because she verbally 'humiliated' Susskind-Jalou, when the exact opposite is true," the court papers said.
Photo: Lynn Tesoro in 2010.