We were sure this one would settle out of court but we were wrong! Last week a New York federal judge denied Lady Gaga’s (aka Stefani Germanotta) motion to dismiss an unpaid overtime suit brought by her former personal assisitant Jennifer O’Neill. The case will go to trial.
O’Neill says she put in 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime during two stints working for Gaga — who’s listed in the suit under her real name, Stefani Germanotta — and is owed more than $393,000, plus damages. O ‘Neill was paid a salary of $75,000 for her time with the singer, and according to her complaint, she was not given breaks for meals ‘or, at times, even sleep,’ and needed to be available at the star’s ‘earliest waking hour’ or for ‘spontaneous, random matters in the middle of the night,’ according to the court papers.
Gaga denies O’Neill’s claim and stated “you don’t get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play f–king Tetris at your desk for four hours and then you punch out at the end of the day. This is — when I need you, you’re available.”
Gaga also claims that O’Neill did not appreciate the perks of being her assistant and that “she slept in Egyptian cotton sheets every night, in five-star hotels, on private planes, eating caviar, partying with Terry Richardson (excuse us while we vomit) all night, wearing my clothes, asking YSL to send her free shoes without my permission, using my YSL discount without my permission.”
Gaga’s words about Richardson are infact coming back to bite her. In 2011, he followed Gaga on her “Monster Ball” tour taking behind the scenes pictures, 350 of which featured in his book Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson. However, he took 142,000 photos in total, and O’Neill is claiming that those photos will prove that Gaga kept her at her “beck and call”–and that she’s owed those 7,168 hours of overtime.
So why isn’t this being settled? Well, it looks like this one is personal. Gaga has revealed O’Neill is not only her former assistant but her best friend since she was 19. The pop diva apparently called her a “f**king hood rat” under oath in a Manhattan law office and sources say Gaga’s court deposition is filled with hours of swearing and verbally attacking O’Neill’s character. This will be one nasty cat fight! A trial date is set for Nov. 4. Stay tuned to Wigsandgowns for more updates!