%VIRTUAL-SkimlinksPromo%A police officer who made national headlines when he organised a spoof video of hit pop song Gangnam Style has been sacked for gross misconduct.
Sergeant Gary Watts, who served with Devon and Cornwall Police, was dismissed following a disciplinary hearing on Monday.
On Twitter - of which he is a prolific user - he said of the decision last night: "It's complete bollocks."
His account @surfchilled is now unavailable.
Devon and Cornwall Police said in a statement: "The allegations were found to be proven and Sgt Watts has been dismissed from the force with immediate effect for gross misconduct. No criminal charges have been brought against him."
The force did not disclose the nature of the allegations but they do not relate to Sgt Watts' use of social media.
Deputy chief constable Bill Skelly added: "We expect high standards from our officers and any officer who is thought to have breached these standards can be subject to disciplinary inquiries which can ultimately lead to dismissal.
"It is important that members of the public have confidence in the officers and staff who serve their communities and behaviour standards are extremely important in maintaining that confidence."
Mr Watts, who was based in Falmouth, raised thousands of pounds to help a disabled boy by recreating with colleagues the popular music video by Korean rapper Psy. The video became a huge hit on
YouTube with more than 100,000 views.
He was the force's most prolific user of Twitter, with thousands of followers, and had been praised for promoting a positive image of the police.
The 10 most expensive music videos of all time
Gangnam spoof police officer sacked
The video was directed by Mark Romanek, featuring the siblings escaping from earth and all its media stresses on a very white space ship. It cost an astonishing $7 million back in 1995. Nowadays that works out at roughly $10.5 million. The lighting alone was said to have cost $175,000, and the computer-generated spaceship was hardly a bargain either. The fact that the whole shoot took 11 days meant the costs escalated.
Madonna's 2002 video for her James Bond theme song was directed by Swedish outfit Traktor and cost $6.1 million at the time. That's $7.8 million in today's money. The Bond-style imprisonment, and subsequent fencing duel featuring Madonna fighting herself, meant that every shot of the film involved video effects.
Madonna chose to express herself through the medium of a $5 million video directed by David Fincher (who went on to direct Fight Club and The Panic Room). That works out as $9.3 million today. The video featured a host of controversial representations of power and gender - as well as a city full of skyscrapers - which was expensively produced. It was apparently inspired by the 1927 film Metropolis.
In 1995 Madonna blew $5 million on the video for Bedtime Story, directed by Mark Romanek, the king of expensive videos. That would be worth $7.5 million today. The enormous number of digital effects means that although shooting lasted six days, post-production dragged on for week after expensive week. The final result was one of her most experimental, and is kept by a number of art museums and galleries.
Michael Jackson's 1991 hit came with a John Landis video which cost $4 million to make, which is $6.7 million in today's money. For his cash he got appearances from Macaulay Culkin and Tyra Banks, and a whole heap of computer generated transformations. Turning a panther into Michael Jackson doesn't come cheap.
The Guns 'n' Roses video was directed by Andy Morahan in 1993 and cost $4 million. That works out at $6.4 million today. The huge cost has something to do with the fact that the video is ten minutes long, and attempts to tell the story of separation and divorce through epic scenes. These include the band boarding a transport aircraft, Axl Rose jumping off the deck of an oil tanker, and Slash rising from the bottom of the ocean.
The Puff Daddy track featuring Notorious B.I.G. and Busta Rymes featured a video by Marcus Nispel, which cost $2.7 million in 1993. That's $3.8 million today. It's another epic, at eight minutes long, and includes appearances from Dennis Hopper and Danny DeVito. The creation of the streets of 3002 AD, building a helicopter and blowing it up, the stunt men and pyrotechnics were all major costs.
MC Hammer's 1991 hit had a video by Rupert Wainwright, which cost $2.5 million at the time. That's $4 million in today's money. Hammer gained a reputation for knowing how to spend money, and this video is no exception. The appearances by everyone from James Brown to James Belushi,the special effects and the pyrotechnics all add up.
Mariah Carey (featuring Jay-Z) spent $2,5 million on a Brett Ratner video in 1999. That's $3.4 million today. It has been called a 'mini chic flick', and features Carey both as herself, and as the woman seeing her boyfriend in secret. The sets (including renting a cinema and a mansion), the cast, the appearance of Jerry O'Connell, and the animated sequence all added to the cost.
Busta Rhymes (featuring Janet Jackson) spent $2.4 million on a Hype Williams video in 1999 - which is worth $3.9 million today. A major cost has to be the computer morphing again, which sees the singers repeatedly morph into various forms. Busta's glass costume was also said to have cost $40,000.