News, Pop — February 23, 2016 at 4:54 pm

Dr Luke speaks out publicly against Kesha rape allegations

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Kesha’s producer Dr. Luke has taken to social media to publicly deny allegations of rape that have been levelled at him, which have been at the centre of the ongoing court battle between herself, the producer and her record label, Sony.

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Yesterday the court’s ruled that Kesha was obligated to fulfil the terms of her contract with Sony Music, despite her claims that the label pressured her to continue working with Dr. Luke, who she alleges subjected her to sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse. She first filed a claim against her, now former manager, in 2014 and  he has since filed a countersuit against her. Both cases have yet to come to trial.

 

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Upon news of the verdict Twitter exploded into a frenzy of activity, with #FreeKesha trending on social media platforms. A raft of celebrities wrote in support of the artist including Lady Gaga, Iggy Azalea and Lorde, along with Taylor Swift donating $250,000,000 to help fund her legal battle and more than 200,000 fans joining a movement to boycott Sony products until the label releases Kesha from her contract.

 

The groundswell of outrage finally became too much to ignore and Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) has spoken out for the first time, taking to social media to deny the accusations levelled at him.

 

“Until now I haven’t commented on the lawsuits, which should be resolved in court not here on Twitter,” he began a stream of tweets this morning. “It’s a shame that there’s so much speculation out there basing itself on so little information.”

“The only truly objective person who knows the facts is the judge. The judge did not rule in Kesha’s favor on Friday,” he continued.

“I understand why people without all the information are speaking out. I can appreciate their compassion… But lives can get ruined when there’s a rush to judgment before all the facts come out.

“Of course any sane person is against rape and sexual assault but everybody who is commenting is doing so without knowledge or facts. They are getting behind an allegation only – motivated by money.”

“I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”

“Kesha has denied under oath the horrible allegations now being made against me. Here is the testimony,” he added, before tweeting a clipping from the New York Daily News and a highlighted court transcript from TMZ.

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“Imagine if you or somebody you loved was publicly accused of a rape you knew they didn’t do. Imagine that,” the producer continued. “I have 3 sisters, a daughter, and a son with my girlfriend, and a feminist mom who raised me right.”

“Kesha and I made a lot of songs together and it was often good but there were creative differences at times… It’s sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue.”

“But I feel confident when this is over the lies will be exposed and the truth will prevail.. I want to thank all my friends and family who have supported me throughout this. This is an ongoing legal case so I won’t be responding / talking much about this. This should be tried in a court of law.”

 

Dr. Luke’s lawyers released a statement of their own, reacting to the “trial by Twiter” that the producer has been subjected to. In the document they took a shot at the #FreeKesha movement, without directly referencing the campaign by name.

 

“The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already ‘free’ to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer is she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t ‘free’ is a myth.”

 

Kesha’s lawyer went on to dismiss Sony’s promise to continue to promote the star’s recorded material if she works with a producer other than Dr. Luke as “Illusory”. He went on to say that the record label has more cash invested in their star hitmaker and will continue to derail Kesha’s career (which has already been on hold since October of 2014, when she filed her first civil suit).

 

See the original civil suit below:

Kesha Complaint

The full statement from Dr. Luke’s lawyers can be seen below:

Statement from Dr. Luke’s Attorneys:

“The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already “free” to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t “free” is a myth. The sound decision Friday by the Court in denying Kesha’s motion for an injunction made it clear Kesha’s allegations of purported abuse were unconvincing and that she had no basis to void record contracts and copyrights. Dr. Luke and his companies invested in Kesha’s success through their contributions, Sony Music has already spent over $11 million promoting Kesha, and Sony Music and its label Kemosabe Records are committed to continuing to promote her work.

“More significantly, the Court also noted multiple times that her vague abuse allegations were devoid of factual detail, and that there was no evidence, whether from doctors or anyone else, to support them.

“Tellingly, Kesha never reported any purported abuse or rape to any law enforcement authority, or even to Sony Music, and further swore under oath in another matter, while accompanied by her team of lawyers, that it never occurred. The goal of Kesha’s counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law.

“As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims. Kesha to date has never verified the allegations in this case -even when given the opportunity in her affidavit. Nor has she ever offered a credible explanation as to why she would have signed a second recording agreement, recorded two albums and an EP and signed a publishing deal with Dr. Luke after allegedly being sexually abused. It will further be shown that the incidents alleged never happened.”