Lady Gaga: Never promised former aide OT

Feb. 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. pop star Lady Gaga said a former aide who is suing her for unpaid overtime thinks she's "the queen of the universe."

Jennifer O'Neill sued Lady Gaga in 2011 for overtime she said she's owed for working as her personal assistant from 2009 to 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

In a 6-hour deposition obtained by the New York Daily News, Lady Gaga, 26 -- whose real name is Stefani Germanotta -- said O'Neill worked for her twice and "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?"

"She thinks she's just the queen of the universe," Lady Gaga said of O'Neill. "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 is seeking $393,000 in damages for 7,168 hours of overtime she said she was never paid in addition to her $75,000 salary.

"I'm going to give all the money that she wants to my employees that work hard for me now that deserve it," the singer said.

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