According to new reports, the semi-NSFW video was scrapped after GaGa learned of controversies surrounding both R. Kelly and director Terry Richardson.
Late last year, Lady GaGa filmed the music video for her single "Do What U Want" before eventually shelving it. Now, a snippet of the visuals directed by famed photographer Terry Richardson unexpectedly hit the web on Thursday, June 19 via TMZ.
The 33-second semi-NSFW clip opens with GaGa lying on a hospital bed with only a white sheet covering her naked body. R. Kelly, who spits some verses in the track, also makes an appearance as a doctor.
"How does that feel?" he asks GaGa as he touches her body. She moans and Kelly added, "Sounds like that medicine is starting to kick in." A number of scantily-clad nurses then come and dance around her. In another scene, GaGa appears completely naked and simulates sexual acts on top of newspaper.
Earlier this year, GaGa took to her website to explain why the video was being delayed for so long. She said, "It is late because, just like with the Applause video unfortunately, I was given a week to plan and execute it. It is very devastating for someone like me, I devote every moment of my life to creating fantasies for you. All my most successful videos were planned over a period of time when I was rested and my creativity was honored."
However, new reports suggest that GaGa decided to scrap the video due to controversies surrounding both Kelly and Richardson. In December, the rapper faced backlash after the Village Voice wrote about his sexual assault accusations. Richardson also faced allegations of sexual harassment.
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."