In 2016 and then in 2017 Karinne Teissandier was sentenced to a large fine. The presenter and the columnist were sued by her former governess.
Karinne Teissandier defended herself in vain, justice pronounced its verdict. In February 2017, the owner was ordered to pay the former governess €35,000. A few months earlier, as part of a guilty plea, the Télématin columnist and her husband were sentenced to six months’ probation and a €5,000 fine for using the home of an irregular alien. Accused of hiding her work between January and August 2015, Karinne Teissandier pleaded guilty. The plaintiff, Joanne Dimba, announced her intention to seize prud’hommes in order to obtain “financial compensation of around 40,000 euros”.
“I’m not a slave trader,” she defended in the Parisian columns, before adding that her couple’s financial situation was very difficult and that they would have to pay a fine through their daughter’s “savings plan”. “My husband is a volunteer firefighter, he earns only 1,000 euros a month. It’s a pity, I will pay for my guilt. I didn’t measure how much the media machine can get carried away. For me, this is a double trouble,” Karinne Teissandier admitted. Prud’hommes’ consultants calculated that the housekeeper worked as a domestic worker and that her expected salary (€1,300) was fictitious, as she only received half of it to look after the couple’s children.
Karinne Teissandier: “I got a lot of support”
“I plead guilty even if I did all the steps for this person. I am convicted for helping someone. The price to pay is a little high. But it is. There was no exploitation or hidden work,” Karinne Teissandier added. After her first conviction, the presenter was worried about possible professional repercussions: “I’m not the first to get in trouble with the law, but I don’t know. It will certainly depend on media coverage. I’ve received a lot of support at the moment, in particular, from William Leimerga. He was exemplary. I fell into his arms, as if it were the arms of my father, she described to the Parisian. When we have problems, he is always there. For 30 years of work, he was also in dismay .He knows what it is.”