UPDATE: Kesha accused former collaborator Dr. Luke of raping Katy Perry in a text message to Lady Gaga, according to court documents filed in New York, obtained by Variety. The documents are related to the ongoing defamation case between Kesha and Luke (real name: Lukas Gottwald).
The documents reportedly contain Luke’s refutation of three of Kesha’s claims against him: previously known allegations that he gave the singer drugs against her will and that he raped her, as well as the previously undisclosed claim that he raped Perry. The news was first reported by The Blast.
The claim was revealed in a text message sent from Kesha to Lady Gaga, according to the documents, which read in part: “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.
“[Kesha] also falsely asserted that [Luke] had also raped Kathryn Hudson p/k/a/ Katy Perry,” it continues, adding that “Following this text message conversation, and with [Kesha’s] encouragement, [Gaga] spread negative messages about [Luke] in the press and on social media.” Previously, the existence of the text message had been publicly discussed, although its contents had not.
The documents also reportedly reveal that Perry has been deposed as part of the lawsuit, although there is no indication of what she said. Perry has never publicly accused Luke of sexual misconduct, although she has not worked with him professionally for several years.
In a statement, Luke’s legal team vehemently denied the accusations detailed in the court documents. “Katy Perry herself confirmed that Dr. Luke did not rape her,” it said. “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.”
A rep for Kesha said the singer’s attorney declined comment; reps for Perry and Gaga did not immediately respond to Variety’s requests for comment.
Luke’s defamation lawsuit against Kesha the last remaining suit in an ugly legal battle that began in 2014 when the pop star went public with claims that the producer had abused her. That year, Luke filed a complaint against Kesha for failing to work on a third album as required under her contract. Kesha filed a countersuit, seeking to be released from the contract on the basis of allegations that Dr. Luke had raped her and verbally abused her over the course of several years. The courts have ruled against Kesha in every attempt to extricate herself from her contracts with Luke and his Sony-disributed Kemosabe label, and last year she released an album, “Rainbow,” on the label containing several songs that obliquely reference her battles with the producer. Kesha is currently on a coheadlining tour with rapper Macklemore that continues through August.
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