Lady Gaga Blasts Former Assistant Jennifer O'Neill Under Oath: She's a "Disgusting Human Being"
Mother Monster's claws are out. Lady Gaga couldn't hide her rage when she testified against former personal assistant Jennifer O'Neill, who is taking the "Born This Way" singer to court over unpaid overtime she claims she's owed.
According to court records obtained by the New York Post, Gaga's six-hour sworn deposition is largely an expletive-filled rant against her ex-aide. At various points during the testimony, the star refers to O'Neill as a "witch," "a disgusting human being," and a "f--king hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn't earn."
"She's just -- she thinks she's just like the queen of the universe," Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) says under oath. "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."
O'Neill filed a lawsuit against her famous former boss in 2011, claiming she was owed $393,000, plus damages, for 7,168 hours of overtime. Gaga argues, however, that none of her employees get overtime, and that O'Neill "knew exactly what she was getting into." She also asserts that the woman was a terrible personal assistant who slept until noon and didn't do the work required of her.
It "was essentially a favor, and Jennifer was majorly unqualified for it," the singer explains. "I expect there to be a certain level of, like, you know, knowledge and academia about, like, your job."
Gaga's deposition further paints O'Neill as greedy, ungrateful, and inconsiderate. "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," the pop star says, noting separately that O'Neill regularly wore her clothes and hogged the extra bed on her plane instead of offering it to Gaga's family.
"I'm going to give all the money that she wants to my employees that work hard for me now that deserve it," the 26-year-old singer asserts in her testimony. "I'm not going to give it to her so she can go to Intermix and buy herself a new tube top."
Later, addressing why things went south between them, she says: "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--king friend.' You are not my f--king friend."