Kesha sues producer, alleges years of sex abuse and forced drugging
Singer Kesha filed a lawsuit against her ex-producer, alleging that he sexually, physically and emotionally abused her for over a decade.
The singer Kesha filed a lawsuit Tuesday against her former producer, alleging over a decade’s worth of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
Kesha also claims in the lawsuit that as she rose to fame in the music business, Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald -- also known as Dr. Luke -- drugged her to the point that she “nearly lost her life.”
In the lawsuit filed by attorney Mark Geragos, the singer alleges that not long after she moved to Los Angeles, the producer began to violently abuse her, and forced her to take drugs and consume alcohol. In one case, the suit alleges Dr. Luke forced Kesha to snort an illicit drug before getting on a plane. Once aboard, the producer “forced himself” on Kesha while she was drugged, the lawsuit claims.
The civil suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court seeks to end her contractual relationship with the producer and seeks damages for sexual assault, battery, sexual harassment, gender violence and emotional distress.
Kesha, whose full name is Kesha Sebert, alleges Dr. Luke also drugged and sexually assaulted her under the pretext of sobering her up. On another occasion, Kesha claimed the producer forced her to drink with him, and then gave her what he called “sober pills.” The following afternoon, the singer allegedly woke up naked in Dr. Luke’s bed, “sore and sick and with no memory of how she got there,” the lawsuit claims, adding that she called her mother to report the incident.
The suit alleges she later learned the pills were a form of GHB, mostly commonly known as the date rape drug, and that she had been raped.
In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Luke’s attorney, Christine Lepera, said Kesha and her mother are engaged in “a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements” about her client in an attempt to extort her client into releasing the singer from her exclusive recording agreement.
Also on Tuesday, Dr. Luke filed a lawsuit in New York, alleging Kesha engaged in defamation and breach of contract.
“We understand that Kesha has filed a lawsuit of her own against Dr. Luke, though we have not yet seen it,” Lepera said in her statement. “Undoubtedly, Kesha’s lawsuit is nothing more than a continuation of her bad and offensive acts. We are confident that Dr. Luke will prevail in all matters, and that our client will be awarded substantial damages for this malicious conduct.”
Kesha’s lawsuit claims the alleged abuse made the singer feel worthless and allowed the music producer to control her entire life despite the success of her 2010 debut album, “Animal.”
Kesha alleges Dr. Luke forced her into a one-sided contract as a songwriter with his music publishing company.
The suit also alleges Dr. Luke made threats against the singer’s family, including her mother and her songwriting partner.
“Dr. Luke even threatened to put down Ms. Sebert’s dog if the dog came near him during a recording session,” according to the suit.
Kesha also alleges the producer forced her to sing lyrics, song and content against her wishes and told her he just edited the song to “make it appear as though Ms. Sebert had sung the lyrics herself.”
In one alleged incident, Kesha claims she was attacked at Dr. Luke’s Malibu house, prompting her to flee barefoot down Pacific Coast Highway.
Fearing Dr. Luke would make good on his alleged threat to shut down her career, Kesha said in the court filing that she stuck with him.
In January, she entered a rehabilitation treatment center in Illinois, where, according to the lawsuit, she was diagnosed with bulimia nervosa. Doctors also told the singer that her blood pressure and sodium levels were on a par with a heart attack or stroke victim’s.
According to the lawsuit, doctors warned Kesha that continuing contact with Dr. Luke would be “life-threatening.”
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