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Famed editor Stefano Tonchi has cut ties with L’Officiel in solidarity with freelancers who claim they haven’t been paid by the fashion magazine, sources tell Page Six.

Earlier this month, the New York Times reported that the US version of the French fashion mag is being sued by the City of New York under a 2017 law called the Freelance Isn’t Free Act on behalf of two dozen workers including “writers, producers, photographers, illustrators and more,” who “said they were not paid for their work, or not paid in a timely manner.”

A source tells us Tonchi has decided to part ways with the brand — at least for the moment — because he believes and wants to support the freelancers who allegedly got stiffed.

“He has supported and collaborated with many of these people over the years,” says a source. “He wants them to get it worked out and for them to be paid what they are owed.”

Tonchi — who is listed as “consulting chief creative officer” on the website — was a consultant for the brand and not a full-time employee, we’re told.

A January 2020 press release announcing that Tonchi had started working with the brand described his role as creating “brand strategy across its 31 editions worldwide, [launching] new franchises and multiplatform initiatives, and [providing] creative direction on special projects including the brand’s 100th-anniversary celebrations.”

He previously edited Conde Nast’s W magazine.

We are told the alleged payment problems happened before Tonchi joined L’Officiel.

The lawsuit asks for freelancers to be paid double what they owed.

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