Earlier this year, Lady Gaga scrapped a planned video for her single "Do What U Want." Shot in September and allegedly initially set for a December release, the video featured R. Kelly and was directed by photographer Terry Richardson.
In January 2014, Gaga blamed the video's delay on "those who have betrayed me gravely mismanaged my time."
The delay coincided with reports of sexual misconduct by Richardson and R. Kelly.
In December 2013, the Village Voice published an interview with music journalist Jim DeRogatis that illuminated stories of R. Kelly’s history of sexual assault. Gaga re-cut "Do What U Want" in late 2013, replacing Kelly with Christina Aguilera.
Richardson has faced allegations that he coerces models into sexual acts for years. In March 2013, he denied those allegations — and he did so again in a New York cover story this week — but many of his employers have begun distancing themselves from the photographer.
“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,” an anonymous source told the New York Post.
In the clip, Kelly plays a doctor and sedates Gaga.