As you probably already know, Kesha’s alleged rapist and famous Top 40 producer Lukas “Dr. Luke” Gottwald is still chipping away at his defamation lawsuit against the “Rainbow” singer. The story has been back in the headlines as of late thanks to two big reveals: that Dr. Luke wants $50 million and that Kesha claims he also assaulted Katy Perry.
Just as we stopped shaking our heads at this mess, another reveal: Sony Music has to share the list of artists they’ve worked with during their investigation into Dr. Luke. The decision was made in Kesha’s favor by New York Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter.
What does this mean? It means that Katy Perry won’t be the only pop star dragged into public discussion of the ongoing lawsuit this year. According to documents released on Friday, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Adam Levine have already given depositions in the case. Pink and Avril Lavigne have each submitted an affidavit supporting Kesha.
It’s been a solid four years since Kesha’s story was told, so here’s a summary from Billboard to refresh your memory. Skip ahead if you’re cautious of triggers re: sexual assault.
Dr. Luke allegedly forced her to snort illegal drugs and gave her “sober pills,” which Kesha says were really a form of gamma-hydroxybutyrate, more commonly known as the date rape drug. On one occasion, the lawsuit reports that “Ms. Sebert took the pills and woke up the following afternoon, naked in Dr. Luke’s bed, sore and sick, with no memory of how she got there. Ms. Sebert immediately called her mother and made a ‘fresh complaint,’ telling her that she was naked in Dr. Luke’s hotel room, she did not know where the clothes were, that Dr. Luke had raped her, and that she needed to go to the emergency room.”
She also speaks about how Dr. Luke allegedly commandeered her career, not only threatening to ruin her and her family if she went public with the abuse, but also forcing her to live with one-sided, long-term contracts that have had the alleged effect of denying her “any meaningful profit from her work due to Dr. Luke’s exploitation of her over the last decade.”
Dr. Luke’s attorneys appear to have called on every public figure who has dissed him online, so it’s no surprise that these artists have already been involved with the lawsuit.
Lady Gaga‘s deposition was reported almost a year ago, and court documents referring to text messages between Gaga and Kesha about Dr. Luke raping Katy Perry leaked in May. (Dr. Luke was attempting to prove Kesha had spread false information about him, but reports say LG already knew about the Katy allegations before discussing them with Kesha. Katy Perry has not yet commented.)
Kelly Clarkson was outspoken about her feelings towards Dr. Luke after Kesha came forward in 2016. She shared a story about how her label blackmailed her into working with him even though she didn’t want to.
“The last time I worked with him (on “My Life Would Suck Without You”), I only worked with him because — literally — I got blackmailed by my label,” Clarkson revealed, adding that she was told “We will not put you’re album out if you don’t do this.” (Source)
Pink isn’t shy about her distaste for the producer, either. She told the New York Times, “Regardless of whether or not Dr. Luke [raped Kesha], this is his karma and he earned it because he’s not a good person.”
“I have told him that to his face and I do not work with him,” she added. “He doesn’t do good business, he’s not a kind person, he doesn’t do the right thing when given ample opportunities to do so, and I don’t really feel that bad for him.”
We couldn’t find any public comments from Avril Lavigne about Dr. Luke, but The Blast reports that her affidavit states her reasons are 100% unrelated to Kesha’s allegations.
Adam Levine‘s deposition may be the only celebrity perspective in the case that sides with Dr. Luke. First, his feelings towards Dr. Luke are a complete mystery, unlike the other stars mentioned. Second, he worked with him even after Kesha came forward in 2014. Levine featured on the 2015 R. City track “Locked Away,” which was co-written and produced by Dr. Luke.
According to a footnote in court documents, Sony Music’s internal investigation into the producer had very little to do with proving whether or not Kesha’s allegations are true. The focus was on whether or not Sony should continue to work with Dr. Luke, so they could have interviewed every artist he’s worked with. Expect many more high-profile celebrities to enter the story, soon.Note: Populove is currently undergoing site maintenance following a hiatus. Some post images and comments from previous months may not appear as we work on the issue.