The fact that the crowd outside P.U.M.P. was all gaga for Lady Gaga didn’t stop a Sheriff’s deputy from doing his job Friday night. A video posted on TMZ, the celebrity gossip site, shows Lady Gaga leaving the restaurant on the corner of North Robertson and Santa Monica boulevards, West Hollywood’s gathering place for reality TV star fans and wannabes. While the paparazzi cameras flash, the crowd on the sidewalk calls out congratulations to Gaga for landing a gig as the voice of Betty Boop in an upcoming Sony Pictures film. (We hate to bust the Boopsters but it appears the film is headed to another studio and Gaga won’t be involved.)
In the video, Gaga leaves P.U.M.P. dressed in a bizarre and tight black and gray outfit with black shades that suggests a rubber fetish gone bad. Then she crawls into her chauffeured white Rolls Royce with hugs from P.U.M.P. mistress Lisa Vanderpump. But before the Rolls can roll out of the spot where it apparently is parked illegally, a Sheriff’s deputy walks up and hands the driver a ticket.
No doubt Lady Gaga is better equipped to pay that ticket than most of us. But isn’t it comforting to know that West Hollywood’s traffic laws are equally enforced, no matter what your celebrity ranking?