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NEW YORK: Pop queen Lady Gaga has reached an out-of-court settlement with her former personal assistant for wages of nearly $400,000 for 7,168 hours of extra work.
Jennifer O’Neill, who was annually paid about $75,000 while employed as `persona alarm clock’ of Lady Gaga, had taken the pop diva to court for not paying her dues for overtime.
In her lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan, O’Neill said she was owed $19,200 for her overtime in 2009 and $360,000 for the period between Feb 2010 and March 2011 when she worked for Lady Gaga non-stop, attending to her need at home and on tours.
The settlement, details of which have been kept confidential, comes just days before the case was scheduled to go on trial from November 4.
Under terms of the agreement, O’Neill won’t be allowed to bring any fresh claims against Lady Gaga.
Initially, Lady Gaga was not keen to settle the issue with her former assistant as she was angry about dragged to court by this lowly employee of hers.
In fact, in her deposition the 26-year-old star had termed the lawsuit “bulls–t’’ and called O’Neill a “f–king hood rat’’ who was suing her for the “money she didn’t earn.’’
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