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

Charles Sykes/Invision/APMariah 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.”

OSCAR WINNER COMES OUT

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.”

QUICK TAKES

A Santa Monica prosecutor questioned Lindsay Lohan's claims that she had completed her community service in a 2012 reckless driving case, pointing out that doing meet-and-greets with fans probably doesn't count. … Patton Oswalt, promoting his book “Silver Screen Fiend” at the Roxie Theater on Tuesday, thanked Taqueria La Cumbre's burritos for keeping him fed in 1992, when he was a struggling comedian living in The City. “As big as your forearm and 75 cents!,” he marveled. … “Brady Bunch” matriarch Florence Henderson, 80, told Closer magazine she has “a friend with benefits” but is still playing the field.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

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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