There’s no job too big, small, or dirty for a celebrity assistant. Just ask Coco Austin’s private secretary, who vacuumed a New York City street before the reality star set off on a stroll.
Photos and video of the bizarre moment feature the 38-year-old wife of rapper Ice-T wearing a white-and-pink outfit and hot-pink stilettos, carrying her 2-year-old daughter, Chanel, while an assistant frantically clears her path with a Eureka vacuum.
While rumors circulated that the star was filming an ad for Eureka, Austin was called a diva.
Still, vacuuming seems quaint in comparison with the grueling demands of a celebrity personal assistant. Here are some outrageous tales.
In 2011, Lady Gaga‘s former assistant Jennifer O’Neill sued the singer, claiming she was owed thousands of dollars in back pay and damages for a job that required her to sleep in her boss’s bed “because she didn’t sleep alone,” and “to be working and available 24/7.”
O’Neill reportedly said, “I had no privacy, no chance to talk to any family, no chance to talk to any friends, no chance to have sex if I wanted to have sex. There was no chance to do anything.” According to the New York Post, Gaga said in the sworn deposition that O’Neill was a “f***ing hood rat who is suing me for money that she didn’t earn.” The case was settled out of court.
Beyoncé’s assistant must strike a balance between being attentive and overbearing. In this cringeworthy footage from 2015, Beyoncé seems to mouth “Stop it” to a woman adjusting her dress.
Page Six reported that Christian Bale’s assistant Harrison Cheung wrote in a 2012 book about the actor, “If Christian was away filming on location, I would take care of his five pets, along with stray possums in the backyard. … I would do anything from sniffing Christian’s armpits for B.O. right before he hit the red carpet to making emergency sock-runs if Christian was all out of clean ones.”
On Mariah Carey’s E! docu-series Mariah’s World, the singer employed as her wing woman a woman named Molly, who had to adhere to the following rules: no crying and no dating for the first year on the job.
Leonardo DiCaprio‘s former assistant Kasi Brown told the Huffington Post in 2016 that sometimes when the actor left his trailer, she would shield him with an umbrella so photographers “couldn’t snap photos of him making weird faces while he rehearsed.”
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