TROUBLE! Gaga sued by former assistant
New York, December 26, 2011
First Published: 10:45 IST(26/12/2011)
Last Updated: 11:13 IST(26/12/2011)
Lady Gaga’s former personal assistant has filed a lawsuit against the pop diva claiming that she had to cater to the singer’s every whim, at every hour of the day and night, handling her schedule, finances and food.
Long Islander Jennifer O’Neill endured 13 long months as the domineering
diva’s personal aide.
According to court papers, the Garden City girl could barely muster a poker face while ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule.
O’Neill said that there were no breaks for meals “or, at times, even sleep,” and she was required to be on hand for anything the Grammy Award-winning singer needed, at her “earliest waking hour” or for “spontaneous, random matters in the middle of the night.”
Part of O’Neill’s 75,000 dollars-a-year job was “ensuring the availability of chosen outfits”, which was no small task considering her ex-boss is best known for wearing a meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards and dressing like a “human condom” for a appearance on Good Morning America.
O’Neill filed a lawsuit against the pop queen’s Mermaid Touring company in Manhattan federal court last week for $ 380,000 in unpaid overtime, the New York Post reported.
She claimed that she worked 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime toiling at under the reign of the queen of the Little Monsters.
Along with her back pay, the American University graduate is also seeking unspecified damages.
A spokeswoman for Gaga branded the lawsuit “completely without merit.”