If anyone wants a glimpse into what a monster Stefani Germanotta has become then look no further than this six-hour disposition the singer gave in a Manhattan lawyer’s office last August against former friend Jennifer O’Neill who is suing her for unpaid overtime.
I’ve got several friends in New York who knew her when she was an unknown and they all say she’s become a nightmare-on-wheels with few friends now from her pre-fame years.
When you have a few spare minutes read through highlights on the transcript below and the jaw-dropping way in which Gaga talks, claiming that because her assistants get to live the celebrity life by proxy- eating in expensive restaurants, staying in five-star hotels and getting to party ‘like a rockstar’ with Terry Richardson, that basically they don’t deserve paid overtime.
Arguably, Gaga’s star is now falling and when it does finally crash and we see her selling hotdogs in an old Thierry Mugler fur coat on the streets of New York circa 2025 muttering about how she was born this way and wondering where all her friends went, we’ll know where, and why she’s alone.
“She’s just — she thinks she’s just like the queen of the universe,” added Gaga in what can only have been a war of pots calling kettles black.
“And, you know what, she didn’t want to be a slave to one, because in my work and what I do, I’m the queen of the universe every day.”
The woman who the world’s become so bored of that she’s now less searched for online than she was when she burst onto the music scene in 2009 fired a number of spiked barbs at her former friend O’Neill.
“Are you going to stare at me like a witch this whole time — honestly?” Gaga spat.
“Because this is going to be a long f-cking day that you brought me here.”
O’Neill filed a lawsuit in 2011 which claims she did over 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime whilst being Gaga’s beck and call girl in 2009 and she is owed more than $393,000, plus damages.
But Gaga, who videotaped her testimony in August last year and said she never pays her assistants overtime claimed: “(O’Neill) knew exactly what she was getting into, and she knew there was no overtime, and I never paid her overtime the first time I hired her, so why would she be paid overtime the second time?”
“This whole case is bulls–t, and you know it,” she added, before bizarrely claiming her choice not to pay overtime is “actually based on a bubbly, good heart.”
“I’m quite wonderful to everybody that works for me, and I am completely aghast to what a disgusting human being that you have become to sue me like this,” she said.
“Because she slept in Egyptian cotton sheets every night, in five-star hotels, on private planes, eating caviar, partying with [photographer] Terry Richardson all night, wearing my clothes, asking YSL [Saint Laurent] to send her free shoes without my permission, using my YSL discount without my permission.”
Gaga added that O’Neill’s $75,000 a year job was “was essentially a favour, and Jennifer was majorly unqualified for it.”
“I expect there to be a certain level of, like, you know, knowledge and academia about, like, your job,” she said, adding that a good assistant “is somebody that can anticipate what you need before you need it, so they buy it for you, or they — they set it up for you.”
And pity the Gaga, Jennifer didn’t properly unpack all her things whilst travelling: “one of the biggest problems I had with Jen is that I felt like she didn’t enough lay out all my stuff for me” (while traveling, because) “there is 20 bags and there is only one me, and I can’t sift through everything.
“She would only open a couple of bags, and it was very stressful for me because then again on my off days I couldn’t really have a day off because, you know, I weigh 115 pounds, and I was trying to move these huge, big luggages all by myself in the room, and I did it all the time — by the way, she was asleep until 12:00 most of the time, so I was very often waking up and moving my own luggage and doing sh-t by myself, and it was – it was a problem that I had,” she said.
Other, better assistants “would like set up my room, and I would know where my clothes were, I would know where my toothbrush was, I would know where my soap and everything was,” Gaga said that when O’Neill “got lazy she didn’t always do those things for me.
“I can’t walk down the street and go buy myself toiletries, I have to call security, I’ve got to call Jen or now I got to call Wendi, I’ve got to get a whole bunch of people together to help me fix the problem, which wouldn’t happen if she was doing her job properly on regular days,” Gaga said.
Then it gets hilarious. Gaga says O’Neill didn’t appreciate the “five-star hotels” and other luxuries — including “caviar, champagne and yachts” and most snort-tastically, she behaved badly in front of tampon tea aficionado Terry Richardson.
“It is, like, such an amazing luxury that I get to travel the world and have planes, she doesn’t even see what a luxury it is, but she thinks it’s owed to her for no reason,” she said.
Gaga even boasted about a “beautiful $3,000 meal that I paid for” at Spiaggia in Chicago, and she paid the tab “just because,” adding, “They were on their day off, and they all just wanted to be with me.”
And, despite the fact that her assistants are on call day and night, Gaga claimed: “This job is a 9-to-5 job that is spaced out throughout the day.”
“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. This is — when I need you, you’re available.”
But then comes the most jaw-dropping part of the testimony, a trip to Paris where O’Neill dared to sleep in one of the two beds available on the jet : “Most of my assistants in the past always offered it to my mother or my family,” the singer said. “Jennifer was the first person that never offered it to anybody and always took it for herself.
“And she said, ‘No, I need my three pillows so I can sleep,’ ” Gaga said.
“I heard it. I immediately was so sick by it and upset that I turned over and went back to sleep.”
Then while Gaga was walking in Thierry Mugler’s F/W 2011 fashion show in Paris, O’Neill “wore my coat when we were at the show, she wore my clothes.”
Afterwards, “we partied until 5 in the morning, we got sh-t hammered, I was crawling on the streets in Paris, I was screaming.
“Jennifer was there. She hung out all night with me and Terry Richardson, and tons of socialites from Paris, and she had the time of her life,” Gaga said.
The next morning Gaga says she “barely could talk” but had to fly back to America that night — “I mean, what a rock-star moment, right?”
Then disaster struck when O’Neill wanted to sleep on the second bed on the jet and Gaga says she “completely, like, flipped out at me, beyond belief” when “I told her no.”
“I said, ‘Jennifer, this is really inappropriate in front of Terry Richardson,’ and she was like, ‘Don’t I get some sort of seniority because I’ve been here longer and I’m your friend?’ ” Gaga said.
“And I remember those words as clear as day, because when your best friend looks you in the eye and says ‘Why can’t I have that seat on your private plane, I’m your friend,’ the first thing I thought was ‘You’re not my f-cking friend.’ ”
Wowsers. Let me know what you think- is O’Neill right to sue for unpaid overtime or is Gaga right and her former friend’s an ungrateful ingratiate?