WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- American record producer Luke has denied Kesha’s allegation that he sexually assaulted Katy Perry.
- According to court documents filed as part of the producer’s defamation lawsuit against the singer, Kesha had told Lady Gaga of the attack in a 2016 text message.
- The “Rainbow” singer has previously claimed that Luke raped her, which he has also challenged in the legal action.
Lukasz Gottwald, popularly known as Dr. Luke, fervently denied the claim that he raped Katy Perry, which Kesha had allegedly conveyed the information to Lady Gaga.
“On February 26, 2016 [Kesha] sent a text message to Stefani Germanotta p/k/a/ Lady Gaga which repeated [Kesha’s] false claim that [Luke] had raped her,” the documents read. “[Kesha] also falsely asserted that [Luke] had also raped Kathryn Hudson p/k/a/ Katy Perry. Following this text message conversation, and with [Kesha’s] encouragement, [Gaga] spread negative messages about [Luke] in the press and on social media.”
The court documents also reveal that the “Roar” singer has been deposed as part of the trial although she has made no public statement about Dr. Luke. The producer had previously collaborated with her on earlier songs including I Kissed A Girl and California Gurls.
“Katy Perry herself confirmed that Dr. Luke did not rape her,” Dr. Luke’s legal team’s statement reads. “Kesha’s accusation to the contrary – just like her other outrageous lies about Dr. Luke – is baseless and irresponsible, and it is disrespectful to both Katy Perry and Dr. Luke. In his defamation lawsuit against Kesha, Dr. Luke seeks damages for the harm caused by these malicious falsehoods.”
On the other hand, Kesha’s own legal team has since responded to the news, stating that the allegation of rape came from a record label CEO.
“With respect to the recent story regarding Katy Perry, the statement that Dr. Luke assaulted her came from the CEO of a major record label, and was told by that executive at the same time to Kesha and Lady Gaga,” the statement reads. “The startling statement was subsequently discussed in a private, one-on-one text message between Kesha and Lady Gaga. It was neither published nor further distributed. It would have remained completely private, except that Dr. Luke and his team took an email obtained only in discovery and decided to publish it to millions of people in his amended complaint against Kesha, and then claim reputational harm from his own widespread publication.”
Dr. Luke is asking $50m damages in lost earnings.
Kesha and Dr. Luke’s legal battle started in 2014 when she claimed the producer “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused” her. She asked to be freed from his former label Kemosabe Records.
Source: The Guardian