The bitch slap heard ’round the fashion world has had its day in court. Sort of.
Lynn Tesoro, the PR exec at the Zac Posen show who was slapped by Jalouse editor Jennifer Eymere because of a seating issue, filed a $1 million dollar lawsuit after the incident. Today WWD is reporting that, according to a reliable source, the case has been settled for an “undisclosed amount.”
Eymere “took credit” for slapping Tesoro after she and her mom and sister (Marie-José Susskind-Jalou and Vanessa Bellugeon) were left waiting for seats at Posen’s spring 2013 show. Eymere spoke to press about the incident, delivering the now infamous line: “Don’t f*ck with the French!” (Despite Eymere’s admission, it was actually Susskind-Jalou, Eymere’s mother, who was charged with battery after the incident.)
Well, we’re assuming Eymere and her family have learned not to f*ck with the American legal system. The original lawsuit–alleging libel, assault, and slander–was moved to federal court. All three ladies were implicated in the suit, and while we don’t know how much Tesoro got, we can assume she got a pretty decent chunk of change since she was originally asking for $1 million.
But it sounds like a mea culpa was also part of the deal. According to the trade “one source close to Tesoro said she did receive and accept an apology as part of the settlement.” Maybe that humble apology was better than any sum of money.