Terry Richardson is being dragged into a nasty lawsuit–but don’t assume any foul play on his part.
The photog had become involved with the lawsuit filed by Lady Gaga’s former secretary Jennifer O’Neill, the New York Post is reporting. The suit, filed in 2011, alleges that Gaga owes O’Neill over $393,000 in overtime pay for work between 2009 and 2011.
So where does Richardson fit into all of this? In 2011, he followed Gaga on her “Monster Ball” tour taking behind the scenes pics, 350 of which made it into his book Lady Gaga X Terry Richardson. But he took 142,000 photos in total, and O’Neill is hoping that those photos will prove that Gaga kept her at her “beck and call”–and that she’s owed those 7,168 hours of overtime.
Richardson’s lawyer has fought against the order, claiming that “Mr. Richardson’s business and livelihood depend on the value of his photographs,” adding that he will suffer “immeasurable financial loss” as a result of the court order.
The problem is that once the photos are unsealed and admitted as evidence, they become a part of public record–which means they could potentially be reproduced by anyone at any time. Though these specific photos have not been valued, the Post reports that Richardson made $58 million on his photos between June 2012 and June 2013.
Of course, Richardson’s name already came up in the suit during Gaga’s deposition, in which she claimed that O’Neill wasn’t owed any money, in part because she was “partying with [photographer] Terry Richardson all night.”
No word on that footage Richardson had supposedly been shooting of Gaga–is that movie still happening? We had kind of forgotten about it…