Lady Gaga's former "hood rat" assistant can now add another title to her resume: author.
Jennifer O'Neil, the ex-assistant who sued Gaga, claiming she was owed $393,000 for 7,168 hours of overtime, is writing a tell-all book, Fame Monster, to be published by Simon & Schuster imprint Atria Books, according to The New York Post's Page Six. The deal reportedly could be worth up to $1 million, though there's no firm publishing date and the manuscript has not been turned in.
O'Neil, who worked for Mama Monster on the 2009-2011 Monster's Ball tour, filed her complaint in 2011, claiming she was owed back pay for the more than seven thousand hours of overtime she says she worked. She claimed she was at Gaga's beck and call, and that her responsibilities included "ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep [Gaga] on schedule." She also alleged that she had to sleep in the singer's bed, because the entertainer did not like to sleep alone, and she had "had no privacy, no chance to talk to any family, no chance to talk to any friends, no chance to have sex if I wanted to have sex. There was no chance to do anything.”
In a deposition for O'Neil's suit, Gaga called O'Neil a "f**king hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn’t earn." Gaga said O'Neill was deserving of the 75-thousand-dollar-per-year salary she was paid, "but she does not deserve a penny more.” The suit was settled out of court last October for undisclosed terms.
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