Hospital Rape and Sexual Predators: Inside Lady Gaga's Terry Richardson-Directed Music Video for 'Do What U Want' That Never Was

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Last year, "Do What U Want" featuring R. Kelly was released as the second single off Lady Gaga's ARTPOP. While the song was featured in several commercials and R. Kelly and Lady Gaga teamed up for a couple televised performances of the song, no music video was ever released. And while, for most artists, that wouldn't be particularly surprising, Gaga has always placed special importance on her music videos and so it was strange. This is the story of the music video, directed by Terry Richardson, that never was.

Back in January, Lady Gaga posted a note on her website, blaming time constraints and "those who have betrayed me" for the delay in releasing the music video. While her post claimed the video was merely delayed and not scrapped altogether, here we are in June and there's still no music video for "Do What U Want." Page Six today tells a different story, claiming that Lady Gaga trashed the already-shot music video, essentially because it starred and was directed by two alleged sexual predators and because the theme of the video was basically "hospital rape." In the video, Gaga plays a patient and R. Kelly is her doctor, according to Page Six, the two share a wildly inappropriate rapport:

"Gaga asks Kelly, 'Will I ever be able to walk again?' The singer replies, 'Yes, if you let me do whatever I want with your body.' The not-so-good doctor then adds, 'I'm putting you under, and when you wake up, you're going to be pregnant.' Alrighty, then!
The video was apparently shot in September and to be released in December. However that release would have coincided with two separate scandals. The first being several models accusing the video's director, Terry Richardson, of sexual misconduct on his sets. Around the same time a change.org petition surfaced, urging brands to stop hiring him; Vogue has since claimed it has "no plans to work with [Richardson] in the future." (Richardson has side-stepped, without outright denying, the claims several times, most recently in New York magazine.)

Around the same time, the Village Voicepublished an interview with R. Kelly in which the writer chronicled the "dozens" of sexual assault claims against him in the 1990s. R. Kelly most famously was acquitted of several charges stemming from a video that allegedly showed Kelly having sex with and urinating on an underage girl.

And thus, the music video was never released. The only look we got at the video that never was was one still, shared by Richardson, showing Gaga on her hands and knees while R. Kelly stands over her.

As Page Six's source puts it: "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."

UPDATE: TMZ (who else) has gotten their hands on clips from the music video:

 

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