Lady Gaga's former personal assistant is taking off her poker face. Jennifer O'Neill worked for Mother Monster for thirteen months, and is now suing her former boss for $380,000 in unpaid overtime and unspecified damages relating to abuse she experienced while on the job, reports the New York Post.
Some of Gaga's diva habits? Making sure her assistant was available at the drop of a hat, no matter where she was, at the pop star's New York duplex or in “stadiums, private jets, fine hotel suites, yachts, ferries, trains and tour buses.”
There were no breaks for meals “or, at times, even sleep,” and O’Neill 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,” O’Neill says in court papers.
Another part of O’Neill’s job was “ensuring the availability of chosen outfits," which sounds like a full-time job in itself considering Gaga's complex wardrobe.
Still, call us crazy but none of this sounds outrageous for a celebrity assistant earning $75,000 a year — especially if you consider what O'Neill's precedessor Angela Ciemny had to put up with when she worked for Gaga in 2009.
Ciemny was required to sleep with Gaga most nights because the needy diva refused to be alone, according to the book Poker Face: The Rise and Rise of Lady Gaga. Ciemny also said she and the “Born This Way” singer sometimes did their makeup together and would even hop in the shower at the same time.
Now that's what we would call "putting in overtime."
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