Leaked footage of Lady Gaga’s scrapped video “Do What U Want” has emerged online, with a scene that appears to condone rape.
Directed by controversial photographer Terry Richardson, “Do What U Want” features a scene in which R Kelly, who plays Gaga’s predatory doctor, tells the singer: “I’m putting you under, and when you wake up, you’re going to be pregnant.”
R Kelly is then seen reaching under Gaga’s hospital sheets as she moans. He is heard saying “sounds like that medicine’s starting to kick in”, before she passes out on the operating table.
In another clip from the video, which has been branded an “ad for rape”, Gaga asks Kelly if she’ll ever be able to walk again – a reference to her real-life hip injury – to which he says: “Yes, if you let me do whatever I want with your body”, the New York Post’s Page Six reports.
The video puts the singer’s taste into question again, following her stage stunt last year featuring ‘vomit artist’ Millie Brown throwing up on her.
R Kelly, who performed press-ups over Gaga’s body when the duo performed on Saturday Night Live last November, was tried and acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.
Richardson, who directed Miley Cyrus' notorious "Wrecking Ball" music video, has faced a string of complaints from models he has worked with, including some claims that he allegedly coerced them to have sex during shoots.
Richardson denies the allegations, saying the explicit acts were “people collaborating and exploring sexuality and taking pictures”.
A source told Page Six: “Gaga had a video directed by an alleged sexual predator, starring another sexual predator. With the theme, ‘I’m going to do whatever I want with your body’? It was literally an ad for rape.”
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The “Do What U Want” video, which was leaked to TMZ, was never released for unknown reasons. Earlier this year, Lady Gaga blamed time constraints and management problems for the video’s delay.
It is believed to have been shot in September 2013 for a Christmas release. In January, Lady Gaga wrote a post on her website about feeling “betrayed” about delayed ARTPOP projects.
A spokesperson for Lady Gaga declined to comment.
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