Gaga slams former assistant, calls herself ‘queen of the universe’ in testimony

Soraya Roberts
The Juice

Three years ago Lady Gaga claimed she didn't "need luxury," but it looks like that may have changed.

“A glamorous life is different to a life of luxury,” she said in 2010, according to Showbiz Spy. “I don’t need luxury. For years I was practically broke, but I was still very vain and glamorous. And I still am."

However, according to court records recently obtained by the New York Post, Gaga is now singing a different tune. The 26-year-old "Born This Way" singer offered a window into her lavish lifestyle during a six-hour testimony against one of her former personal assistants in 2012. Jennifer O'Neill filed a lawsuit in 2011 claiming Gaga owed her $393,000 plus damages after working 7,168 hours of overtime on two separate jobs as Gaga's "beck and call" girl.

“She thinks she’s just like the queen of the universe,” Gaga reportedly responded in a videotaped deposition on Aug. 6. “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.”

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Well, she certainly lived like one. Gaga admitted she does not pay any of her employees overtime (O'Neill made $75,000 a year), but that living with her meant living the high life — and plenty of Yves Saint Laurent merchandise.

“She slept in Egyptian cotton sheets every night, in five-star hotels, on private planes, eating caviar, partying with Terry Richardson all night, wearing my clothes, asking YSL to send her free shoes without my permission, using my YSL discount without my permission,” Gaga said of O'Neill.

The pop star also mentioned the "caviar, Champagne, and yachts" that members of her entourage often enjoy. More specifically, she said she recently spent $3,000 on a meal at Chicago's Spiaggia restaurant for her and her employees on their day off. Gaga also revealed she has two beds on her jet, one of which O'Neill allegedly hogged.

“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,” Gaga said.

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She added that her former personal assitant did not perform simple tasks for her that the rest of us do all the time.

“I can’t walk down the street and go buy myself toiletries. I have to call security," Gaga said. "I’ve got to get a whole bunch of people together to help me fix the problem, which wouldn’t happen if she was doing her job properly on regular days."

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Rattling off her six-shows-a-week schedule and her 24-hour workdays, the Queen of Twitter claimed she deserved "everything I’ve worked for. I deserve every dollar of it. And she deserves every dollar of her $75,000 that we agreed to. But she does not deserve a penny more.”

Rather than paying off O’Neill, Gaga has vowed to "give all the money that she wants to my employees that work hard for me now that deserve it."