Lady Gaga’s demands for privacy ludicrous, claims former PA
London: Lady Gaga has no right to privacy because she is always exposing her body for the world to see, her former personal assistant Jennifer O’Neill claimed in court papers filed in New York.
The allegation emerged as the pop star courts attention at the launch of her new perfume Fame in Paris, France on Sunday, a leading daily has reported.
Gaga and O’Neill are set to go to court later this year over O’Neill’s claim that she is owed almost 400,000 dollars in pay. Lawyers for O’Neill were back in court on Friday seeking access to a series of photos taken by famed photographer Terry Richardson for his book Lady Gaga x Terry Richardson.
Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, has refused to hand over the photos saying they are ‘private and personal’. Lawyers for O’Neill say they will show the personal assistant was on call all the time- but Gaga has insisted she does not want to hand over the unpublished photos.
In court papers filed in the Manhattan Federal Court O’Neill argued that Gaga is the last person to be claiming privacy issues. The papers say Gaga exposes ‘herself in all manner of bizarre and intimate ways for the world to see every day.’
O’Neill has claimed that she was on call from ‘dusk to dawn’ helping the singer at concerts and home. In legal papers demanding 380,000 dollars in unpaid overtime pay O’Neill said she was always by the singer’s side catering to her every need.
“I was frequently at Ms Germanotta’s side, often ready with coffee and/or water, from dusk to dawn,” the paper quoted the court papers as stating
“I was glued to Ms Germanotta to such an extent that at one point I was asked … to step back so that I would not in the way during photo shoots,” it added.
O’Neill claims that there were no breaks for meals or sleep and that she was needed for Gaga’s “spontaneous, random matters in the middle of the night.”
She says she worked for thirteen months and had to do all sorts chores, including making sure Gaga had a towel right after showers and “serving as a personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule.”
Court documents also claim that O’Neil estimated she worked 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime. According to the daily, her base salary was 75,000 dollars.
Gaga has given a six-hour deposition to O’Neil’s lawyers as part of the on-going legal action.