Monster Ball World Tour

Lady Gaga Settles Lawsuit With Former Assistant

Lady Gaga has settled a lawsuit with her former personal assistant.

The ‘Applause’ singer had been the subject of legal action by her old friend and roommate Jennifer O’Neill – who alleged she was cheated out of overtime wages for a few weeks in 2009 and 13 months from February 2010 – but she has now settled the case before it went to trial.

A court order dismissing the case, which was due to be heard on November 4, was issued on Monday (21.10.13), three days after lawyers had notified District Judge Paul G. Gardephe they were close to a settlement.

In her case, O’Neill – who claimed to be on call 24 hours a day, every day – said she had to sleep in the same bed as her famous employer as she was never given her own hotel room because Gaga insisted on having her close for “spontaneous, random matters in the middle of the night”. She also said she was not given breaks or meals while working on the star’s Monster Ball World Tour.

In her taped deposition last year, Gaga slammed her ex-assistant as a “hood rat” and insisted she didn’t deserve overtime pay.

She said: “You don’t get a schedule. You don’t get a schedule that is like you punch in and you can play … at your desk for four hours and then you punch out at the end of the day. This is when I need you, you’re available.

“[Jennifer is a] f***ing hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn’t earn.

“She thinks she’s just like the queen of the universe. 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.

“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?”

Jennifer, 41, filed the lawsuit for unpaid overtime in Manhattan federal court in December against Gaga’s Mermaid Touring company.

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Scissor Sisters join Lady Gaga on Monster Ball World Tour

Scissor Sisters will join Lady Gaga on the early 2011 run of her Monster Ball World Tour, which kicks off this Saturday, February 19th, at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. The band will open on a total of 24 dates, including shows at New York City’s Madison Square Garden Arena (February 21st & 22nd), Los Angeles’ Staples Center (March 28th) and Honda Center in Anaheim (March 31st). While on the road with Lady Gaga, Scissor Sisters will also play a series of headlining dates. See below for a complete itinerary.

The band, recently nominated for a GLAAD Award in the “Outstanding Music Artist” category, will perform “Running Out” on “Late Show with Dave Letterman” tonight. The track is from Scissor Sisters’ latest album, Night Work, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums Chart and inside the Top 20 of The Billboard 200.