Conde Nast Sued Over Vanity Fair Oleg Cassini Story

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Courtesy: VanityFair.com

Conde Nast has been sued for libel over Maureen Orth’s September 2010 Vanity Fair article, “Cassini Royale,” about designer Oleg Cassini and the battle over his estate. The plaintiff is Marianne Nestor-Cassini, Cassini’s secret wife from that story, who says that aspects of Ms. Orth’s piece were slanderous wrong. Wrong to the tune of $10 million, apparently!

Since everyone’s gone for the day we’re going to have to limit this post to the ugly, ugly realm of aggregation. But here are some things to consider:

  • Ms. Orth tried to interview Ms. Nestor-Cassini. She declined to be interviewed.
  • From the piece: “Marianne was not a top girl [read: the prettiest].”
  • From the complaint: “Marianne never had a Fifth Avenue apartment in the 1960′s nor did she even know Bill Paley; Si Newhouse, Chairman of Advance Publications, should know this to be false, as Marianne was living in Soho, and Si Newhouse would drive her home after dinner at Orsini’s on West 56th Street, in the same time period. Si was not married at the time.”

Okay, go.

Update, 8/9 Corrected some phrasing.

Comments

  1. Cervi_jean says:

    For eighteen years I was a neighbor of Oleg Cassini and Ms. Nestor-Cassini at Gramercy Park. He was a very outgoing person who loved to stop and talk about dogs and horses. Ms. Nestor-Cassini was a very quiet person who never said a word and waited patiently nearby until he was done chatting. However, in all those years, she was constantly at his side and it was quite clear that they had a caring and close relationship. When a person of means passes away, people often come out of the woodwork to sniff around in case they can get some of the spoils. Whether his daughter had or did not have a close relationship is between her and her father. Whether she is entitled to more than the million dollars left her in his latest will is for the courts to decide. But for Ms. Orth to stir the flotsam by make nasty comments such as that “Marianne was not a top girl” reflects on the petty level of her shallow writing. As it happens, Ms. Nestor-Cassini was a very attractive woman and the fact that she afforded Mr. Cassini with a stable and supportive relationship for so many years speaks volumes.

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    2. antonio maria martini says:

      I was Oleg Cassini assistent and creative director in from 1981 to 87.I read about lawsuit that is open agaist VF.I read the articol,and i am to agreed with Mrs Nestor- Cassini as i experienced during those 7 years there close reletionn ship.Oleg personally confessed me “confidentially”that Marian Nestor was is secret wife..but it was safe to keep it secret,becouse the repiutation of “a great latin lover_with a past of many stanning women…could be….put in doubtful,not the marriag ,but the reputation.
      antonio maria martini

  2. Nan says:

    Regardless of the ‘quality’  relationship these posters claim to have witnessed between Mr. Cassini and his ‘secret’ wife (and I don’t doubt their sincerity), it’s understandable that the quality of Ms. Nestor’s character has has been called into question. It’s difficult to attribute anything but suspicious motives when anyone, let alone a third, much younger, ‘secret’ wife appears to have done everything in her power to deprive father and daughter the opportunity to say their final goodbyes. He may have been a bit of a self-promoting cad, but nothing I’ve read about Mr. Cassini suggests that he was a heartless or evil person – and it would take something approximating evil to have wanted your own child barred from your deathbed – unless there’s some unspoken history here that would explain that magnitude of estrangement.