Lady Gaga may have received permission to shoot her latest music video at California’s Hearst Castle, but that doesn’t mean everyone’s happy about the idea.
The State Parks district superintendent who granted the pop singer access to the premises was reportedly placed on administrative leave “until further notice.” Although many believe Nick Franco’s decision ultimately resulted in his suspension, a spokesperson refused to confirmed reports as of this writing.
Several people noticed Franco’s absence when Lady Gaga and her crew headed to Hearst Castle to shoot the music video for her latest single “G.U.Y.” An anonymous source told The Tribune that the superintendent was reportedly instructed to stay away from the premises while the shoot was taking place.
KSBY reports that Lady Gaga and officials at Hearst Castle came under fire for refilling the leaky Neptune Pool for the shoot. Since California is in the midst of a drought, many believed wasting water on a music video was a very bad idea.
However, sources said the singer worked out a deal with Steve Hearst to fill the pool using irrigation reservoirs on the castle’s property. Lady Gaga also donated around $250,000 to the Hearst Castle Preservation Board so the leaks could be repaired.
The “Applause” singer coughed up $22,000 in permits and $25,000 to the Cambria Community Services District as well. Lady Gaga also agreed to do public service announcements about the California drought due to her popularity on social media. Governor Jerry Brown seemed to approve of Mother Monster’s contributions.
He said in a statement:
“I want to personally thank you for the [aid] and assistance you are providing to Hearst Castle, the communities surrounding San Simeon and the state as a whole. I’ve called on all Californians to conserve water in every way possible and the assistance you are providing will aide in that effort.”
Nick Franco has refused to comment on the situation, referring all questions about his administrative leave to the Public Affairs Office in Sacramento. While officials have yet to discuss the matter, it’s currently believed his involvement with the Lady Gaga music video is to blame.
The Inquisitr previously reported that Jonah Hill wasn’t exactly thrilled with Lady Gaga’s trip to Hearst Castle. The Wolf of Wall Street star recently scheduled a private tour of the premises, a trip that unexpectedly coincided with the singer’s shoot.
“So I get there, and I’m supposed to have this private tour of the castle, but they’re shooting a Lady Gaga music video! There’s trucks and lights, and I’m like, ‘Oh, no! This isn’t a vacation at all!” Hill explained.
He added, “I won’t give away what the video’s about because she’s worked really hard on it, but I wasn’t going to see like 500 dancers in bookshelf hats and meat hats, whatever they do!”
Lady Gaga has yet to comment on the situation as of this writing.