Working as a celebrity assistant can be awesome. You get great perks and incredible access to famous stars. It's definitely a dream job, right? Wrong. Especially after hearing these stories of celebrities who are awful to their assistants.
Celebrity assistants don't live the glamorous lives we all think they do. Sure, they get to hang around celebs all the time, but that comes at an extreme expense. Take Lady Gaga's assistant, for example. She claims to have slept in the same bed as the pop icon just in case Gaga needed anything in the middle of the night. Still, that's not as bad as Taryn Manning's assistant, who allegedly got beat up by the Orange is the New Black star. Then there's Naomi Campbell's assistant, who reportedly had a phone thrown at her by the supermodel. Yikes!
All of the celebrity assistant stories on this list prove that being around a star 24/7 is not what it's cracked up to be. In fact, it might just be the thing that cracks a person. Literally. Christian Bale's ex-assistant received treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder after splitting from the star.
So before you consider submitting your resume for a personal assistant gig, consider these stories of celebrities who are awful to their assistants. You might just reconsider.
By now everyone knows the horror that comes with working with supermodel Naomi Campbell. According to People, Campbell allegedly threw a phone at her assistant in 2001. The assistant also claimed that the model "grabbed her by the arms and threw her down on a couch." In February 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty to a separate assault charge for beating an assistant.
UPDATE: In September 2016, Campbell faced more legal trouble after allegedly assaulting a "former public schoolboy" (a posh young lad) with a phone, leaving a bruise on his face. The unnamed young man, who works for a PR firm and was hired to help rehabilitate Campbell's public image, was visiting her in a hotel in Manhattan when a scuffle broke out.
Everyone has a different version of what happened so it's impossible to really know what went down. Campbell was apparently recovering from surgery at the time of the incident, casting a pall of doubt over whether she was capable of assaulting anyone. It's worth noting Lord Bell, founder of the PR firm working with Campbell, called Campbell "the most unpleasant fashion model in the world." That's coming from a man who previously worked with the notorious tyrant Margaret Thatcher!
As reported by the New York Daily News, actress Taryn Manning faced misdemeanor assault charges after punching and choking her personal assistant, Holliann Hartman. According to Manning's lawyer, “They had a late-night argument that turned into a bit of a physical altercation."
Apparently, "the two had been working long hours together" when the actress attacked her. Hartman later decided to not pursue the case.
Jessica Labrie, Courtney Love's personal assistant, sued the songstress. According to Rolling Stone, Labrie claimed the singer "acted with an improper and evil motive amounting to malice or despicable conduct." Labrie allegedly "worked over 60-hour weeks without overtime pay, was forced to send false legal correspondence," and "was asked to hire a computer hacker."
Additionally, Love promised to cover Labrie's Yale tuition, but reportedly never paid up.
In 2013 Lady Gaga's assistant, Jennifer O'Neill, brought a lawsuit against the "Poker Face" singer for unpaid overtime wages. In court documents, O'Neill said she was on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that the two "frequently slept in the same bed because O'Neill never had her own hotel room while on tour and was required to address Lady Gaga's needs throughout the night."
The Daily Mail also revealed that during a video-taped deposition, Gaga was quoted as saying: '[Jennifer is a] f***ing hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn't earn."