Oleg Cassini’s Widow Sues Vanity Fair & Condé Nast For $10 Million

Marianne Nestor-Cassini isn’t related to Veruca Salt Cecilia Cassini, but she is the widow of Jackie Kennedy fave Oleg Cassini. And she is one litigious lady.

Nestor-Cassini has been embroiled in 15 lawsuits in almost the same number of years. Her latest legal action involves Vanity Fair and Condé Nast, who she is suing for $10 million on the grounds of slander, libel, and the “use of her name and/or picture for the purpose of deriving commercial gain”. Did we mention she loves lawsuits?

Last September the mag ran a piece entitled “Cassini Royale”, detailing the fight over Oleg’s will. Nestor-Cassini declined to be interviewed for the story, but the article’s author Maureen Orth did reach out to various sources in the widow’s realm. The slander claim comes from these phone calls to “allegedly to check facts of statements that are outrageous, patently false, contain misleading salacious, and prurient representations and descriptions and other disparaging and scandalous material”. The libel claim comes from the resulting article.

To make things more confusing, though Nestor-Cassini is pissed about VF reaching out to sources, she also thinks they did not “properly source and fact check the material in accordance with even the most minimal journalistic standards.” Hmmm. There’s also a whole bit about the glossy saying she lived on the Upper East Side in the ’60s, when in fact she lived in Soho, something she says S.I. Newhouse (who is the CEO of Advance Publications, which owns Condé) knows and should have corrected. Clearly she doesn’t know what exactly Newhouse does.

Something tells us Graydon shouldn’t be too worried about this.


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