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Lady Gaga Lawsuit

Whiney Assistant Claims Gaga

Demanded Towel After Shower!

12/25/2011 7:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Lady GagaIn what reads like one of the biggest sour grapes lawsuits of the year, Lady Gaga's former assistant claims she was a slave to the singer, having to do such unconscionable things as fetching a towel for her after she showered, and keeping GG on schedule!

Jennifer O'Neill says in her lawsuit ... she worked for Gaga for 13 months, and is owed $380,000 in overtime.  O'Neill says in her suit her job included "ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule."

O'Neill claims she had to cater to Gaga in "stadiums, private jets, fine hotel suites, yachts, ferries, trains and tour buses."

And, O'Neill says, she was required to be at Gaga's beck and call at her "earliest waking hour."

O'Neill is suing for the $380k -- which represents 7,168 hours of overtime during the 13 months.

Gaga is not a defendant.  O'Neill is suing Mermaid Touring Company, which Gaga uses for concerts and what not.

Gaga's rep told the New York Post the suit is "completely without merit."

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46.

IceGypsy    

Umm you were an "Assistant" lady, get over it lol

1012 days ago
47.

Fuck Celebrities    

7,168 hours works out to 299 days of overtime... IN 13 MONTHS?

1012 days ago
48.

EggsOverEasy    

QUIT hating the assistant.. the lawsuit is about unpaid overtime, and NOT about what ****ty things she had to do for LG, though she probably chose to list them in the suit to demonstrate she was actually working and fulfilling her job duties while employed.

The real story here is how much TMZ jumped on LG's side, obviously being just as star struck with LG as a teenage girl in Japan.. Play fair TMZ, and stay somewhat objective!!!!

1012 days ago
49.

Bristal    

Let's do some math. 7168 hours in 13 months. 7168 divided by 13 then by 4 weeks/mo is 138 hours of overtime/week. If she works 40 hours/week plus her 138 hrs/week of overtime, that equals 178 hours of work per week. Divide that by 7 days per week, and the poor girl is working 25.5 hours per day, everyday for 13 months. Wow, she is a good worker.

1012 days ago
50.

David     

This is just scratching the surface regarding this psycho degenerate person. I am floored by how gullible people can be to worship this mentally challenged individual.

1012 days ago
51.

WowReally    

this is news?

1012 days ago
52.

Chris    

I really hope her lawyers use the movie The Devil Wears Prada as a defense. PA is a tough job! If she didn't know what she was in for she was an idiot.

1012 days ago
53.

Carl    

Someone like that shouldn't be hired on an hourly basis to begin with. Pay her a salary and then overtime doesn't come into play.

1012 days ago
54.

Prince Von A-Hole    

As usual TMZ is mixing up the real reason for the suit. She is not suing because of doing this things. She is suing because she was not paid for doing then. Ok Harv delete my post for calling you out.

1012 days ago
55.

..EW..    

Aw, come on! Nobody ever went to take a shower and forgot to get a towel?

1012 days ago
56.

D    

So, why did she wait 13 months to quit?

1012 days ago
57.

Double D    

I hope this shows fans that fame has gotten to their mother monsters head. Being handed a towel? Was she required to flush her **** down the toilet too? This woman is just someone who got famous by drawing attention to herself by wearing, (and I agree with Tim Gunn) costumes! She is lucky she has been able to fool her fans into believing shes still down to earth and wants to help change the world. These are ALL publicity stunts to get people to favor her and become a fan which to her & her label = money. Lady Gaga is just living proof you can become famous for lying your way to the top!

1012 days ago
58.

Tim    

I dont think she understands what an assistant does

1012 days ago
59.

Tmz_pickle    

Quit complaining....upset because she lost her job. PA does the dirty work, if she didn't like it she should of set boundaries upfront. Now, if my calculations are correct she is suing for an average of 128 hours a week OVERTIME, which when you add the standard 40 gives you a total of 168 hours (just so happens that is the total number of hours in a week). I guess Gaga never let her sleep either and also paid her peanuts. Overtime is typically time and half, meaning Gaga paid her roughly $35/hr. The $380,000 she is suing for, divided into 13 months equals $53.00 dollars an hour over $40. This is crazy, if you don't like a situation or your feelings were just SUE. Damn people have a little pride and try to gain something in life with a dedicated work ethic. Lastly, she didn't mind doing this work while being paid, now that she was fired, it suddenly isn't fair.

1012 days ago
60.

Double D    

Before I could finish the rest my comment, the assistant is an idiot too, for waiting 13 months to realize being a personal slave to a pop star with an inflated ego was maybe not such a great idea.

1012 days ago
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