It’s Lady Gaga’s universe, and we’re all just living in it. And if you happen to be employed by Mother Monster, you might think twice about slapping her with a lawsuit.
Lady Gaga had some harsh words for the assistant who’s suing the pop star for unpaid overtime, reports the New York Post, which obtained legal records from a six-hour deposition Gaga gave in August against her former assistant, Jennifer O’Neill, and it’s anything but beautiful in its own way. O’Neill, who worked for the pop singer for roughly two years, claimed in the lawsuit that she put in 7,186 hours of unpaid overtime and is asking for $393,000, plus damages.
Gaga, born Stefani Germanotta, claims O’Neill used her boss’ name to get free swag, didn’t unpack enough of Gaga’s luggage while on tour, overslept, refused to share one of the beds on Gaga’s private jet, wore Gaga’s clothes without permission and was generally ungrateful for the life of luxury that comes when you roll with an international pop star.
“Not that people who do that don’t deserve their hourly pay, but I’m just pointing out that I deserve everything I’ve worked for,” Gaga reportedly said in the testimony. “I deserve every dollar of it. And she deserves every dollar of her $75,000 [annual salary] that we agreed to. But she does not deserve a penny more.”
She also said O’Neill lacked the “knowledge and academia” needed for the job, which she was given, Gaga claims, as essentially a favor to a former friend. But in case there’s any doubt about whether the split was amicable, Gaga said she actually recalls the exact moment she knew their friendship was over: when, after partying all night in Paris and getting “sh– hammered” together with photographer Terry Richardson, O’Neill refused to give up her bed on the plane ride home when Gaga asked her to, telling the singer she had seniority.
“When your best friend looks you in the eye and says, ‘Why can’t I have that seat on your private plane, I’m your friend,’ the first thing I thought was, ‘You’re not my f—ing friend,’” Gaga said.
While O’Neill claims she had to be at Gaga’s beck and call at every moment of the day, Gaga apparently insisted that all her employees work eight-hour days — it’s just that those eight hours are spread throughout the day, not all at once like the rest of us with normal jobs. And while she did reportedly say that she doesn’t pay any of her staff overtime, she does sometimes treat them to $3,000 dinners because she’s a nice lady.
“I’m quite wonderful to everybody that works for me,” Gaga reportedly said at one point to O’Neill in the testimony, “and I am completely aghast to what a disgusting human being that you have become.”
Come on, Gaga, that’s not fair — maybe she was born that way.