Ex-nanny claims Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon were nightmare bosses 

click to enlarge Mariah Carey performs at the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York last month. - CHARLES SYKES/INVISION/AP
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  • Mariah Carey performs at the 82nd Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony in New York last month.

Pop legend Mariah Carey wears many (sequined, designer) hats: diva, mother of two, soon-to-be-ex-wife to actor Nick Cannon. According to a new lawsuit, she's due for a new title: lunatic boss.

According to the New York Daily News, Simonette DaCosta, former nanny to twins Monroe and Moroccan, filed a lawsuit in New York on Wednesday claiming that Carey and Cannon paid her as little as $6,000 a month for 84-hour and 120-hour workweeks. Besides the nightmare schedule, DaCosta's suit claims she was forced to work "with no entitlement for breaks, for meals, and even for sleep."

DaCosta says her celebrity bosses even micro-managed her conversations with the children.

"She was let go for doing too good of a job," her lawyer Eli Freedberg told the New York Post. "She was advised not to be too affectionate with the children because [Carey and Cannon] felt the children would get too attached to Ms. DaCosta."


Well, better late than never: Actor Joel Grey, who won an Oscar for the 1972 film "Cabaret," has come out of the closet at the ripe old age of 82.

"I don't like labels," Grey said in a People magazine interview posted Wednesday. "But if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man."

Grey was married to actress Jo Wilder for 24 years and they raised two children, actress daughter Jennifer and James, a chef. "Dancing With the Stars" winner Jennifer Grey said, "I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man."


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Singer Adam Lambert is 33. ... Former pitcher and Giants All-Star Jason David Schmidt is 42. ... TV host Oprah Winfrey is 61. ... Singer Bettye LaVette is 69. ... Actor Tom Selleck ("Magnum, P.I.") is 70. ... Actress and Walnut Creek native Katharine Ross ("The Graduate") is 75.

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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