On Wednesday we wrote about rules you should follow if you are lucky enough to get a front row seat at New York Fashion Week and one of them was don’t take someone else’s seat. It sounds simple enough but today we have proof that this is a real thing. A New York publicist, Lynn Tesoro, has filed a lawsuit against French magazine editor Jennifer Eymere, and her mother, publishing executive Marie-Jose Susskind-Jalou, in the Manhattan Supreme Court for $1 million after the French woman allegedly slapped her during the fight over front-row seats at a fashion show. Quel désastre!
The suit claims “assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, slander and/or libel.” A witness told WWD, “It was a ‘Whoa’ kind of moment. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being a knockout punch and one being a pat on the cheek, it was a five. The sound could be heard.” The incident took place at Avery Fisher Hall during the Zac Posen show. Women’s Wear Daily reported:
“About 30 minutes before Zac Posen’s scheduled start, fire marshals decided to pull 60 seats from the designer’s mostly front-row Avery Fisher Hall venue. It caused quite some confusion and a headache for Posen’s public relations firm, HL Group. That, and the 40-minute delay said to have been caused by Naomi Campbell’s late arrival, must have been too much for at least one French publishing executive and her team, namely Marie-José Susskind-Jalou, president of Jalou publishing house, and her daughters, Jennifer Eymere and Vanessa Bellugeonof Jalouse and L’Officiel magazines, respectively.Witnesses said Susskind-Jalou didn’t have a seat, and HL Group cofounder Lynn Tesoro was trying to find her one. Impatient with the situation, the quartet left the terrace venue, when, according to reports, the trio started screaming at the p.r. veteran — which somehow ended with Tesoro being slapped in the face. Tesoro confirmed the incident happened, but declined to comment further.”
There are conflicting reports when it comes to whether it was the mother or the daughter that did the slapping. Eyemere bragged to WWD, “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… I am sorry, I know it’s bad to do that. 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.’”
Wow. Now we know. If you’re going to take someone’s seat make sure it is not a French person or the mother of a French person or a magazine editor. What’s even more amazing is Naomi Campbell was late for work and she came out of this situation looking like the nice one. Voilà.