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Dr Luke Publicly Denies Ke$ha’s Rape Allegations


The trials of Ke$ha are far from over. Since 2014 the singer has been engaged in a court battle against her record label Sony and executive producer Dr Luke a.k.a Lukasz Gottwald, who produced both of her studio albums.

Included in her claims is the accusation Dr Luke physically, sexually, and mentally abused her. Though these lawsuits have yet to go to trial, on Friday Ke$ha was denied an injunction which would allow her to record music with another label in the midst of the ongoing lawsuit. The judge found that Ke$ha is legally obliged to make six more albums with Sony.

Contract obligations aside, today is the first time Dr Luke has publicly denied the abuse allegations against him. In true fashion of the modern era, Dr Luke took to Twitter to claim his innocence.

“I didn’t rape Ke$ha and I have never had sex with her. Ke$ha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister,” he said. “Ke$ha 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.”


Kesha has received a huge public support in wake of the recent court decision, with a slew of musicians including Lady Gaga, Lorde, Miley Cyrus, and Taylor Swift supporting the singer via the social media campaign #FreeKesha.

Swift has gone so far as to donate US$250,000 to support Ke$ha’s legal costs. Other producers including Jack Antonoff, who has produced for the likes of Swift and Sia, and Zedd, who has worked with Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, have also taken to twitter to support the singer. Both have offered to produce tracks for Kesha and release them in whatever means she sees fit.
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However, Dr Luke’s attorney Christina Lepera has criticised Kesha, her legal team, and the Twitter hashtag, claiming they have created a “trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims.”

The Twitter storm has certainly effected the reputation of Sony, with music attorney Dina LaPolt saying that some female artists signed to the label, including her client Fifth Harmony “are appalled”.