Lady Gaga‘s former assistant Jennifer O’Neil is suing the singer for refusing to pay for 7,168 hours of overtime, totaling in excess of $380,000 (£243,000). Jennifer‘s primary job was to keep Gaga running between 2009–2011, but she claims that the job requirements surpassed her expectations by far, and that she was required to perform a number of unsuitable tasks.
For example, she accuses Gaga of forcing her to share a bed with her because she doesn’t like sleeping alone. Gaga will refuse to pay her a cent more, and will instead give her other ‘Haus of Gaga‘ employees a share of the fees, and she will take particular care of one employee called Sonja, who has breast cancer and needs a mastectomy.
‘The New York Post‘ claim that in a meeting with lawyers last August about the case, Gaga ranted: “She’s a fucking hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn’t earn. She’s just — she thinks she’s just like the queen of the universe. And, you know what, she didn’t want to be a slave to one, because in my work and what I do, I’m the queen of the universe every day. O’Neil knew exactly what she was getting into, and she knew there was no overtime, and I never paid her overtime the first time I hired her, so why would she be paid overtime the second time? This whole case is bullshit, and you know it. I’m quite wonderful to everybody that works for me, and I am completely aghast to what a disgusting human being that you have become to sue me like this. I’m not in any way discounting how hard an 8 hour work day can be, or discounting the role of an assistant.”
At the start of the week, Gaga addressed the issue on Twitter, implying that she was a lot closer to her than initial reports suggested: “Everyone’s headlines need an updating. “former assistant” is actually “my best friend from NY since I was 19.” Painful stuff.”