The 2014 legal battle of defamation between Kesha and Lukas Gottwald aka Dr. Luke continues. In a text message to Lady Gaga, the singer accused former collaborator Dr. Luke of raping Katy Perry. The legal battle began when the pop star went public with claims that the producer had abused her, after which a lawsuit of $50 million was filed against the singer for making false accusations.
In July 2017, it was reported that Kesha also accussed Dr. Luke of raping her when the content of their text exchange was revealed. Although the existence of the text message had been publicly discussed, its content never came to the fore.
Recently, the documents obtained by variety.com reportedly contained Luke’s refutation of three of Kesha’s claims against him — that he gave the singer drugs against her will; he raped her, as well as the previously undisclosed claim that he raped Perry.
The claim was revealed in a text message sent from Kesha to Lady Gaga, according to the documents, which read in parts, “On February 26, 2016 (Kesha) sent a text message to Stefani Germanotta (Lady Gaga) which repeated (Kesha’s) false claim that (Luke) had raped her”.
“(Kesha) also falsely asserted that (Luke) had also raped Kathryn Hudson (Katy Perry) Following this text message conversation, and with (Kesha’s) encouragement, (Gaga) spread negative messages about (Luke) in the press and on the social media.”
However, Luke’s legal team has denied all allegations and said that Katy Perry has confirmed it too. The statement read, “Katy Perry herself confirmed that Dr. Luke did not rape her. 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”.