The social-media feud between Perez Hilton and Lady Gaga continues unabated, as Hilton updates his site with news about a lawsuit filed by one of Mother Monster’s personal assistants.
Citing “damning allegations” against Gaga, Hilton’s been linking to coverage from ABC and NY Daily News about Jennifer O’Neill, a former friend and roommate of the singer who claims that the ARTPOP star cheated her out of almost $400,000 in overtime.
While working for Gaga for more than a year, O’Neill says she was often made to share Gaga’s hotel bed because she wasn’t given her own room, and was expected to be on call 24 hours a day.
O’Neill had testified in a deposition that if Lady Gaga was watching a DVD in the middle of the night and grew tired of it, she woke her up to take out and replace the DVD.
“Every day is a work day for her, so every day is a work day for the rest of us,” she said. “There is no, ’We’re going to stay in, we’re going to sleep.’ There is no, ’Let’s put on sweatpants and go out to the movies and be girlfriends.’ It doesn’t work like that,” O’Neill said.
In her deposition testimony, Lady Gaga had testified: “You don’t get a schedule. You don’t get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play … 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.”
O’Neill had testified she was responsible for sometimes monitoring the singer’s email and telephone communications and for handling all her luggage — generally 20 bags — including clothing, accessories, makeup and toiletries.
She was also responsible for making sure that “special food” was available at every location and for making sure the singer arrived at performances on time and had ample time for hairstyling, makeup and voice warm-ups and that she appeared on stage on time, O’Neill said.
She said she assisted with costume changes during performances and was responsible afterwards for arranging ice packs, tea and a shower, along with dinner and an exit from the venue.
While she worked for the singer, O’Neill made between $50,000 and $75,000 a year. (Not too shabby, actually.) A judge has ruled O’Neill’s case has merit and will go to trial in November—which mean Perez Hilton has months and months of juicy nuggets to publish till then.