Lady Gaga News – Lady Gaga Deposed in Lawsuit Filed by Ex-Assistant, ‘Case is Strong’ Claims Rival Lawyer (EXCLUSIVE) – Celebuzz
“there’s nothing to stop it from going to trial”
Did Lady Gaga use her poker face?
The superstar songstress, aka Stefani Germanotta, swapped the stage for the stand and a six-hour videotaped deposition on August 6 in connection with a lawsuit filed by her former personal assistant, Jennifer O’Neill, Celebuzz has learned.
O’Neill is claiming Gaga’s Mermaid Touring Company owes her $380,000 in unpaid overtime. she has alleged in her suit there were no breaks for meals or “even sleep” and she was required for “spontaneous, random matters in the middle of the night” for Gaga.
“I have been very pleased with the outcome of discovery thus far,” O’Neill’s attorney, Paul Millus, of the law firm Snitow, Kanfer, Holtzer and Millus, told Celebuzz.
“Just by her (Gaga’s) responses, I believe our case is strong.”
O’Neill, 41, has claimed she worked for the “bad Romance” singer for 13 months and was at her beck and call including “ensuring the promptness of a towel following a shower and serving as a personal alarm clock to keep (Gaga) on schedule”.
She also alleged she was on duty at all hours of the day, leaving no time for “breaks, for meals, or otherwise… even sleep.”
According to court documents, O’Neill estimated she worked 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime. her base salary was $75,000.
Millus told Celebuzz he believes the case will go to trial.
“At this point, there’s nothing to stop it from going to trial,” he said, adding that if that happened, Gaga would be required to take to the witness stand.
“She absolutely will,” he said, adding: “Lady Gaga and Jennifer knew each other as friends before they worked together professionally.
“Anytime there’s litigation that may have a more personal element, they may be more difficult to resolve.”
Millus said his client only has one intention — to be paid the money he said she earned.
He said: “Jennifer’s motivation is pure and simple — to obtain payment for hours worked. It doesn’t matter if you work for a star or it’s glamorous. Work is work.”
O’Neill’s attorney added that Gaga’s motivation in the lawsuit could be more spiteful.
“She has indicated she would like to contest this matter in court,” Millus said.
“if that’s what she wants — and my client wants — I am more than willing to go there, 100 percent.”
Millus said he will be meeting with the judge in the next couple weeks and at that point, he said, it’s possible a trial date will be set.
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Tuesday August 28, 2012 5:38 PM By Polly Higgins
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The Labor Day long weekend signifies the end of the summer, in a way. Kids are heading back to school, the nights are turning cooler the next vacation days likely aren’t until Thanksgiving. Somehow, this time of year always feels like our last chance to cut loose.
So do it.
Here are five day trips that are different enough from the everyday to feel like getaways but close enough to have you rested for the work week.
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Part of the Bronx, this tiny island (about one-and-a-half miles by a half mile) packs it in. Notables include Stepping Stones Lighthouse, the City Island Nautical Museum (cityislandmuseum.org), the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and, along the island’s eponymous avenue, antique shops. you can’t be far from the water on this sliver of a spot, so grab some lobster or soft shell crabs from one of the many eateries (Johnny’s Reef is a favorite) and inhale the sea air between bites. for a restaurant list and more info: cityislandchamber.org.
FIELD STATION: DINOSAURS
Here’s a theme park with no rides, just … dinosaurs! It’s a dream for all dino-loving kids and their knowledge-loving parents, as there’s plenty to learn via activities (fossil digs, the "Family Feud"-style Raptor Feud game) and the main attraction, 30-plus animatronic dinosaurs with accompanying facts. the creatures are scattered among trees along a three-quarter-mile trail, so you can get plenty of outdoor time as you stroll and learn. at the Meadowlands, it’s a quick trip back in time too. You’ll save a few bucks if you get tickets ($21 adults, $18.50 ages 3 to 12) in advance at fieldstationdinosaurs.com.
About an hour’s drive from Manhattan, this charming, historic town on the Hudson River helps city folk decompress with an array of take-your-time activities. cold Spring has a downtown area with storefronts dating to the 1800s that house antique and other specialty shops. or, meander one of the gardens, such as the 63-acre Stonecrop (stonecrop.org), a public space with woodlands, display gardens and a conservatory. And there’s Fahnestock State Park (nysparks.com), more than 14,000 acres with a large beach (thanks to Canopus Lake) and plenty of hiking trails. Head back to town for dinner options (coldspringonhudson.com).
STORM KING ART CENTER
More than 100 sculptures are situated about the Storm King Art Center (stormking.org), 500 acres of fields and woodlands where you can see works by artists Roy Lichtenstein, Isamu Noguchi and many more. just about an hour’s drive north of NYC, once there you can wander (adult admission is $12) on foot or rent a bike. Normally closed Mondays, SKAC is open Labor Day. And if you forget to pack a lunch, the Storm King Cafe has you covered.
The only way to really wrap one’s mind around the existence of a six-story private residence is to visit it. And the place that John D. Rockefeller (and three subsequent generations) called home just happens to be open to the public, a hilltop goliath complete with a sculpture garden (Pablo Picasso? check!), underground art galleries and a collection of classic cars and horse-drawn carriages. Various tours are available, and you will want to make a reservation in advance (hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/kykuit). Also in Sleepy Hollow is the 1,600-acre Rockefeller State Park Preserve; walking around the 24-acre lake is a great way to stretch your legs before the ride back home.
Pictured: Kykuit, the former residence of John D. Rockefeller.
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One Direction’s Harry Styles is adding to his collection of ink. the teen heartthrob’s new tattoo caught fans’ attention in Kent over the weekend, as the boy band filmed a new wet and wild video for their single, “Live while We’re Young”. Harry got a little too wet and wild, accidentally debuting the fresh body art before it is even close to being finished. Words—or were they numbers—showed through the soggy tee shirt plastered to his body. he meant to wait, but his stylist says he doesn’t care.
“I’m doing him a half sleeve,” his tattoo artist, Kevin Paul recently said and Daily Mail reports. A half sleeve? That means all the way to the elbow. so far, the singer has what looks like one large-font word, which appeared to onlookers to be sitting atop Harry Styles’ collarbone.
Not so, says Kevin Paul. the One Direction star’s new ink is actually on his arm. “There’s nothing on his collarbone, it’s at the top of the arm to begin the sleeve.” Well, it was always hard to see clearly through a wet tee shirt.
“We’re doing that now,” Paul goes on, “so over the next week or two I’m gonna draw that up, send him the pictures over, and then I’ll go back down and start it up.” Okay, that’s clear enough.
Harry Styles already has a number of tattoos, which are said to commemorate major events in his life. the start of One Direction? his X-Factor appearance? Fans will just have to wait and see.
He’s still a pretty face, but a French hunk caught in the Drake-Chris Brown melee at a Manhattan nightclub will never be a hand model.
in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Romain Julien says he suffered a severed tendon in his right hand during the bottle-throwing brawl at WiP in June.
The male model’s suit targets Brown, Drake and WiP.
Sources have said the trouble started when both Drake and Brown were in the VIP area and Drake sent the hot-headed Brown a note saying, “I’m f—ing the love of your life,” referring to Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Rihanna.
ROMAIN JULIEN Hand hurt in Rihanna brawl.
“during the altercation, plaintiff, who was sitting at a separate table, was caused to be severely injured” in his hand from “glass-caused lacerations,’’ says his lawsuit. Julien’s lawyer, David Jaroslawicz, said Julien has already undergone surgery and the model may not regain full use of his hand and the injury has put his career in jeopardy.
“for male models, having a cosmetic deformity is not something that enhances your career,” the lawyer said., adding that his client was “an innocent bystander. he was not dating Rihanna.”
Brown and Drake have denied any wrongdoing.
A WiP rep said, “we will fully evaluate the claim once we receive formal notice and the particulars of the claim, and will respond appropriately.”
- Kanye West – Source: BANG Showbiz
Kanye West is in talks to become an ‘American Idol’ judge.
The ‘Stronger’ rapper is said to be negotiating with producers to join the judging panel of the singing talent show, according to gossip website TMZ.com.
However, Kanye – who is dating reality TV star Kim Kardashian – is unsure if he wants to do it as he’s not sure if it’s right for his career.
A source added: “He’s on the fence.”
If he does sign up, Kanye can expect to be paid the same salary as new judge Mariah Carey, who is earning $18 million for the series.
Nicki Minaj is also be lined up to join Mariah on the panel and is said to be close to signing a deal.
Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Nick Jonas and Enrique Iglesias are also in the running to be a judge but it’s thought if Kanye signs up, producers will have four of them sitting on the panel.
Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler quit the show earlier this year while it’s thought original judge Randy Jackson will become a mentor to the contestants.