You would think that working for the Murdochs would be a fast-ticket
to wealth and fame, but one former household staffer is speaking out
for the first time describes it to be more like a war-zone.
The scoop comes from Ying-Shu Hsu, who spent more than year as a full-time Chinese tutor and nanny
to Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng's daughters, Chloe and Grace.
According to the 69-year-old lifelong educator, she had answered a want-ad for a Chinese-language tutor back in December 2004. She was not expecting that her potential employers would be Rupert Murdoch, the media mogul worth an estimated $8 billion.
Around this time, Rupert had been married for five year to his Chinese wife, Wendi Deng. Hsu paints Wendi as a cold and callous employer, who throws tantrums, doesn't pay or treat her employees well and even berates Rupert and the kids.
Hsu claims she was originally hired to teach the girls how to read and write in their mother's native language, but the job eventually transcended into childcare:
"Basically, the nanny didn't do well, and Wendi told me to do this extra stuff that I wasn't supposed to do," Hsu told me in an an interview translated by her son. The Murdochs had a household staff of roughly seven or eight in New York, she told me: two secretaries, one cook, two housekeepers, a nanny, a tutor, and one part-time laundry person.
Working for Wendi, Hsu said, was like being in a "war zone": "Everyone who works for her hates her and is scared of her," she said. "When she's there, it's like a war zone."
After six years of working for them, Hsu was permanently injured after she
tripped over a tricycle in the Murdochs' Beverly Hills home while holding then 2-year-old Chloe in her arms, and
fractured her knee, causing permanent damage.
Unable to work and cut off
from workers' compensation benefits owing to the Murdochs' shoddy
paperwork, Hsu was dismissed with severance payment and told never
to contact the family again. She has never been able to work since, and lives off Social Security now.
In 2007, Hsu and her husband sued the Murdochs unsuccessfully for damages in 2007 (the lawsuit has never been previously reported). Read the whole expose over at Gawker,