Few things in pop culture are as amusing and rewarding as petty feuds between spoiled stars and their entitled employees, and pop fans have an absolute corker of one of these brewing at the moment between Lady Gaga and her ex-assistant Jennifer O’Neill (of Summer of ’42 fame, not really). The two are currently facing off in court over a lawsuit over a whole lot of unpaid overtime ($380k in some reports), with complaints of Gaga’s “eccentric whims and demands” being at the center of the suit.
Gaga got to have her say in a recent deposition, and as reported by the New York Post, the whole drama between the two women is not without its comedy. But in addition to hilarity, there is also morality at stake here, and so we’re taking it upon ourselves here at Popdust to play judge and/or jury to determine which woman is in the right on the variety of contested claims in the case. Here goes:
Claim #1: Gaga says O’Neill had unreasonable expectations for her workday. “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,” says Gaga. This is — when I need you, you’re available.”
The Jury Rules in Favor Of: O’Neill. No job where you can’t play f–king Tetris for four hours a day is worth doing, anyway.
Claim #2: Gaga says O’Neill doesn’t deserve the money she’s suing for, but rather, the funds should go to Gaga’s current workforce. “I’m going to give all the money that she wants to my employees that work hard for me now that deserve it,” Gaga explains. “I’m not going to give it to [O'Neill] so she can go to Intermix and buy herself a new tube top.”
The Jury Rules in Favor Of: Gaga. It’s true, $380k is too much to pay for a tube top.
Claim #3: Gaga says O’Neill insisted on occupying a bed on her private jet on a flight to Paris, without offering it to anyone else. “Most of my assistants in the past always offered it to my mother or my family,” Gaga relates. “Jennifer was the first person that never offered it to anybody and always took it for herself.” Gaga adds that O’Neill refused to share her pillows, saying “No, I need my three pillows so I can sleep.”
The Jury Rules in Favor Of: Gaga. Who needs three pillows? Two is plenty.
Claim #4: Gaga says that after a late-night party in Paris in which O’Neill had the “time of her life,” O’Neill again insisted on occupying that second bed on the jet back, ignoring Gaga’s guest and good friend, the photographer Terry Richardson, and then flipped out when Gaga denied her the privilege. “I said, ‘Jennifer, this is really inappropriate in front of Terry Richardson,’” Gaga recalls.”
The Jury Rules in Favor Of: O’Neill. As Idolator (rightly) points out, “there is no such thing as ‘inappropriate in front of Terry Richardson’…The only thing that’s inappropriate in front of Terry Richardson is his mustache.”
Claim #5: Not so much a claim, but Gaga remembers that in light of the second plane incident, O’Neill responded with “Don’t I get some sort of seniority because I’ve been here longer and I’m your friend?’” To this, Gaga recalls, “The first thing I thought was ‘You’re not my f–king friend.’ ”
The Jury Rules in Favor Of: Gaga. Sorry Jen, “F–king friend” isn’t in the job description. You were lucky to get the benefit of the doubt on the f–king Tetris.