Lady Gaga’s former personal assistant, Jennifer O’Neill, is suing her for unpaid overtime because rich people have money and the self-entitled want some of it with as little effort as possible. O’Neill is claiming she’s owed overtime for serving Gaga’s “beck and call” during the years her career took off.
Gaga gave a sworn deposition about Jennifer in a Midtown Manhattan law office the other day. It wasn’t pretty. Gaga blasted O’Neill for about six hours.
On O’Neill’s totally misguided thought process: “She’s just — she thinks she’s just like the queen of the universe,” Gaga ranted, court records obtained by The Post show.
“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.”
On O’Neill knowing there’s no such thing as overtime with Gaga: Gaga said none of her employees get paid overtime, adding that O’Neill “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 bulls–t, and you know it,” she added.
O’Neill should be grateful as is: “Because she slept in Egyptian cotton sheets every night, in five-star hotels, on private planes, eating caviar, partying with [photographer] Terry Richardson all night, wearing my clothes, asking YSL [Yves Saint Laurent] to send her free shoes without my permission, using my YSL discount without my permission.”
Gaga then took a dig at her: Gaga said O’Neill’s job, which paid $75,000 a year, “was essentially a favor, and Jennifer was majorly unqualified for it.”
“I expect there to be a certain level of, like, you know, knowledge and academia about, like, your job,” she said. (You need a college education for opening up boxes and moving luggage?)
Apparently Jennifer couldn’t even lay out all her bags: “She would only open a couple of bags, and it was very stressful for me because then again on my off days I couldn’t really have a day off because, you know, I weigh 115 pounds, and I was trying to move these huge, big luggages all by myself in the room, and I did it all the time — by the way, she was asleep until 12:00 most of the time, so I was very often waking up and moving my own luggage and doing s–t by myself, and it was — it was a problem that I had,” she said.
Jennifer didn’t even appreciate all the luxuries she was given: “It is, like, such an amazing luxury that I get to travel the world and have planes, she doesn’t even see what a luxury it is, but she thinks it’s owed to her for no reason,” the singer said.
At one point, Gaga bragged about how the night before, her employees enjoyed a “beautiful $3,000 meal that I paid for” at Spiaggia in Chicago, billed as the only four-star Italian eatery in the Windy City.
Gaga said she picked up the tab “just because,” noting, “They were on their day off, and they all just wanted to be with me.”
Being a person assistant is not a 9-5: “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 thought Jennifer was sort of an ass: “Most of my assistants in the past always offered it to my mother or my family,” the singer said. “Jennifer was the first person that never offered it to anybody and always took it for herself.”
Even worse, Gaga said, O’Neill refused to share any pillows with two other women.
“And she said, ‘No, I need my three pillows so I can sleep,’ ” Gaga said.
“I heard it. I immediately was so sick by it and upset that I turned over and went back to sleep.”
But what was the last straw?: But on the flight back, Gaga said, O’Neill insisted on sleeping in the second bed and “completely, like, flipped out at me, beyond belief” when “I told her no.”
“I said, ‘Jennifer, this is really inappropriate in front of Terry Richardson,’ and she was like, ‘Don’t I get some sort of seniority because I’ve been here longer and I’m your friend?’ ” Gaga said.
“And I remember those words as clear as day, because 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–king friend.’ ”
“You are not my f–king friend.”
What a lot of Lady Gaga says makes sense but you can still see how she kind of lives in a bubble of fame. Sure, Jennifer should be grateful for sleeping in Egyptian cotton and staying in five star hotels but, in a way, it’s like telling a bum he should be grateful for this half-eaten bagel you threw at him. Granted, I’m still on Gaga’s side with this. Being around a celebrity got to her head. Contrary to what Jennifer thinks, you can’t contract fame like it was a case of herpes.
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