On Monday, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald amended his defamation lawsuit against Kesha, alleging the singer claimed he raped her and another artist.
Pitchfork reports supposed texts sent from Kesha to Lady Gaga on Feb. 26, 2016 sparked Monday’s amendment. Dr. Luke’s lawyers asserted Kesha told Lady Gaga that another singer was “raped by the same man” as her, referring to their client.
“Dr. Luke seeks to add an additional defamation claim against Kesha based upon the discovery of another false and defamatory statement she made about him that was part of her calculated effort to harm his reputation and business,” Dr. Luke’s legal representative said in a statement to E! News.
“Kesha’s assertions to Lady Gaga were completely false. [Dr. Luke] did not rape Kesha, and he did not rape the other recording artist. Kesha was (and is) well aware Gottwald never raped Kesha. Kesha has no basis or justification whatsoever to falsely assert that Gottwald raped the other recording artist,” the amended claim reads in part.
— World News (@worldnwesturkey) February 1, 2017
The pair has been embroiled in a heated legal dispute since Oct. 2014, when Kesha and Dr. Luke filed lawsuits against each other. According to Buzzfeed, Kesha filed a lawsuit in California against Dr. Luke for sexual harassment, sexual assault and battery, unfair business practices, gender violence, and infliction of emotional distress. In turn, Dr. Luke sued the singer in New York for defamation and breach of contract.
A judge halted Kesha’s case in June 2015, finding that Dr. Luke’s lawsuit took priority. Kesha dismissed her suit two months later.
“Kesha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York court. Kesha is focused on getting back to work and has delivered 28 new songs to the record label,” Kesha’s lawyer, Daniel Petrocelli, said in an August 2016 statement. “We have conveyed to Sony and the label Kesha’s strong desire to release her next album and single as soon as possible.”
— Kesha Rose (@KeshaTODAY) February 1, 2017
Kesha’s legal team also filed documents shortly after Dr. Luke updated his claim. Her attorneys accuse Dr. Luke’s label of creating an “untenable” situation by failing to approve any music or providing a release date or promotional plan. Kesha signed a recording contract with Dr. Luke in 2005 at age 18.
“Without the court’s intervention and Sony’s facilitation, Kesha will remain contractually bound to Dr. Luke until she releases three additional albums, each containing six songs produced individually by Dr. Luke, no matter how many years that takes,” according to her complaint.
[Feature Photo: AP/Richard Shotwell/Invision]