The popular singer and songwriter Kesha released emails today from the former producer she has accused of raping her, Dr. Luke (aka Lukasz Gottwald.) The emails, between Gottwald and the singer’s manager, Monica Cornia, seem to add credibility to Kesha’s claims that she was mentally abused by the producer.
Kesha and her former producer have been in a drawn out legal battle for over two years. Kesha originally filed suit in 2014, alleging the producer sexually and mentally abused her. In February 2016, a Manhattan court ruling denied the singer an injunction that would have sped up legal proceedings in her case against Gottwald, and her efforts to be released from her exclusive contract with his Sony imprint, Kemosabe.
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Dr. Luke, in turn, alleged the singer owes him $1.3 million in unpaid royalties from her hits such as “Cannibal” and “Die Young” and her hit record, Timber. He has also filed suit against the singer’s mother, Pepe Sebert, alleging her tweets in support of her daughter were “defamatory.”
The emails released today may bolster the singer’s case and were submitted to strengthen her case against the producer. The documents show communication between Dr. Luke and Cornia going back as far as 2012. Included in the emails is Gottwald’s critique of the singer for breaking a juice cleanse by drinking a Diet Coke.
According to Page Six, Gottwald once stated, “A-list songwriters and producers are reluctant to give Kesha their songs because of her weight.”
Gottwald’s attorneys say the allegations are an “act of extortion” while Kesha’s attorneys assert the singer just wants to “be free from her abuser and rebuild her physical, emotional, and mental health.”
Both parties are scheduled for a conference call with the judge next week.
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