Amanda Schmitt, the art fair director and former Artforum staffer who in October 2017 sued the magazine and Knight Landesman, its co-owner and former publisher, is appealing the dismissal of her case. On Monday, Schmitt’s lawyer, Emily Reisbaum, filed an appeal contesting New York State Supreme Court Justice Frank P. Nervo’s December 20, 2018 decision dismissing the case against Landesman and the prestigious art magazine he co-owns. Schmitt’s lawsuit, originally filed in October 2017, accused Landesman of sexual harassment and slander.
Because the statute of limitations for events that allegedly occurred during her employment at Artforum (from 2009 to 2012) had already passed, Schmitt’s case revolves around a May 2017 confrontation with Landesman in a restaurant. Judge Nervo ruled
that the five-year span between Schmitt’s departure from Artforum and that 2017 encounter was “sufficient to eliminate any nexus between her employment and the alleged acts.”
On Monday, Resibaum filed an appeal under New York City’s Human Rights Law, according to Hyperallergic
, which reads in part: