'I was Lady Gaga's slave'

Published: Dec 27, 2011, 09:00 IST | Agencies |

Former personal assistant sues hit singer for Rs 2 cr worth of unpaid overtime

Former personal assistant sues hit singer for Rs 2 cr worth of unpaid overtime

Lady Gaga's former personal assistant has launched legal action against the Poker Face singer, claiming she was overworked and underpaid.

Jennifer O'Neill from Long Island was employed by the star for 13 months, and accompanied the 25-year-old on her Monster Ball world tour last year. She alleges that she put in 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime and is now owed more than $3,80,000 (Rs 2 crore).

The 41-year-old claims she had to cater to the singer's unreasonable (at times) demands around the clock.

'Demanding' diva
She insists she had to ensure 'the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule.'

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.

O'Neill, who was paid $75,000-a-year (Rs 40 lakh), also had to ensure 'the availability of chosen outfits'.

Gaga is, of course, famous for her eccentric wardrobe and once wore a meat dress to MTV Video Music Awards.

O'Neill filed the lawsuit in Manhattan federal court last week against the superstar's Mermaid Touring company for unpaid overtime.

Not the first time
She is not the first personal assistant to complain about working for the star, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta.

Former employee Angela Ciemny claimed she was required to sleep with the singer most nights because she refused to be alone, according to the book Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga.

A spokeswoman for Gaga branded the lawsuit 'completely without merit.'

Other assistant-celeb feuds
>> US diva Liza Minnelli's former chauffeur and bodyguard had sued her for $100 million, claiming she had repeatedly beat him and forced him to have sex with her.

>> London-born Naomi Campbell was sued in 2003 by a former assistant who alleged that the supermodel had thrown a phone at her during a tantrum in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2001. The aide also claimed Campbell grabbed her by the arms and threw her down on a couch.

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