Kesha and Dr. Luke trade barbs in unsealed court docs

Katy Perry said in deposition that Dr. Luke never raped her

Katy Perry said in deposition that Dr. Luke never raped her

A deposition excerpt unsealed on Monday sees Katy Perry unequivocally denying that she was ever raped or sexually assaulted by producer Dr. Luke aka Lukasz Gottwald, as Variety reports.

Music producer Dr. Luke claims singer Kesha cost him $38 million after her team plotted to "ruin" his career by falsely accusing him of sexual assault - while Kesha counters that his reputation among female artists was already so bad that stars like Kelly Clarkson regard him as a "bully" with a "Napoleon complex".

Dr. Luke's team issued a subpoena to Gaga in 2017, with his lawyers telling E! that "Dr. Luke's counsel served a subpoena on Lady Gaga because she has relevant information regarding, among other things, false statements about Dr. Luke made to her by Kesha". The producer denied the claims, writing on Twitter in 2016, "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". Now, after four years of litigation, it is Dr. Luke's defamation claim that remains.

"Did you have a sexual relationship with Dr. Luke at all?"

Also, Perry saying she was not raped is not her trying to take down Kesha and that implication is gross.

Lady Gaga confirmed the conversation with Janick in her deposition. The producer's attorneys at the time said that Kesha told Gaga that Perry was "raped by the same man", referring to Dr. Luke.

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A separate deposition of Lady Gaga was also partially released on Monday, in which she discussed hearing the rumour from John Janick, the CEO and chairman of Interscope Geffen A & M Records.

She said: "He said he had heard a rumour".

Katy said she didn't know who John Janick was, and couldn't "pick him out of a crowd". However, HuffPo notes that the alleged emails do not discuss "Kesha's allegations of sexual assault or verbal and emotional abuse".

"Our goal is to help extricate Client K from her current professional relationship with Person L by inciting a deluge of negative media attention and public pressure on the basis of the horrific personal abuses presented in the lawsuit", the document states.

"Kesha has never claimed to have any independent knowledge of any alleged assault of Katy Perry (which Ms. Perry has denied in a later deposition)", Kesha's team said.

The statement went public as part of Dr Luke's $50million defamation case against Kesha. "Kesha's voluntarily dismissed rape claim has caused great harm to Dr. Luke, his family, and his businesses". "It is also horrendous to falsely accuse someone of a heinous act".

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