Lady Gaga proclaims herself ‘queen of the universe’ in F-bomb deposition
Posted Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Lady Gaga told an opposing lawyer during a deposition just what she thought of his case, an overtime suit filed on behalf of a former Gaga assistant.
"This whole case is bulls---t and you know it," Gaga told lawyer Paul Millus in an Aug. 6, profanity-laced deposition obtained through court records. Above the Law notes the story by the New York Post; People also has coverage.
Millus is among the lawyers representing Jennifer O'Neill, who claims Gaga—whose real name is Stefani Germanotta—owes her more than more than $393,000 for 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime racked up while working as the star’s personal assistant. O’Neill was paid a salary of $75,000 a year.
“She thinks she’s just like the queen of the universe,” 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.”
Gaga said her employees work no more than eight hours daily, though the time is spaced out throughout the day. “You don’t get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play f---ing Tetris at your desk for four hours and then you punch out at the end of the day,” Gaga said. “This is—when I need you, you’re available.”