The “he said, she said” drama is continuing between singer Kesha and record producer Dr. Luke, whom she’s accused of physically and verbally abusing and raping her.
On Sunday, Kesha posted a message on Instagram claiming she’d be free, presumably from her contract with Dr. Luke, if she’d say she lied about being raped, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Dr. Luke has denied that such an offer was ever made, accusing the singer of using the rape allegations to renegotiate her contract and calling her latest post a publicity stunt.
Sunday’s claim comes as the singer has added to her legal team and after she filed to appeal a February court decision that she said requires her to work with her abuser.
According to Rolling Stone, a source has revealed that the alleged offer was made a couple months ago during a dialogue between lawyers. It’s not clear whether the option to terminate the contract in exchange for recanting the rape allegations was made during formal settlement talks or simply proposed.
Kesha didn’t reveal many details about the alleged offer but made her feelings about it very clear.
“[S]o, I got offered my freedom IF I were to lie. I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.”
Kesha was referring to 2011 when, in a deposition for an unrelated case, she stated that Dr. Luke never drugged her or had “an intimate relationship” with her. She made those statements under oath and on video.
Dr. Luke denied that the offer was made and brought up this previous testimony as proof that the allegations are false.
“The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims,” Dr. Luke stated through a spokesperson. “That’s because all the evidence — including Kesha’s own videotaped sworn testimony — show her allegations are false. The only thing Kesha is not free to do is to continue to lie about Dr. Luke through publicity stunts and outrageous smears, ignoring the fact that by her own free will she went to work and entered into new contracts with Dr. Luke years after this ‘incident’ supposedly happened. Her goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones. We look forward to our day in court holding Kesha accountable for her lies.”
— HT Entertainment (@htshowbiz) April 5, 2016
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) April 4, 2016
The legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke, who signed the singer in 2005 at age 18, began in October 2014, when she filed a lawsuit to be freed from her contract on the grounds that the producer had sexually assaulted and harassed her, the Guardian recounted. She claimed that over 10 years, he “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused (her) to the point where (she) nearly lost her life.”
The producer counter-sued for breach of contract. Kesha attempted to secure an injunction filed against her contract by Kemosabe, which is a part of Sony, but it was denied in February; the record company has stated “it’s unable to “terminate the contractual relationship.”
The judge did rule that Kesha could record with anyone at Sony and wasn’t required to work with Dr. Luke, ABC News reported. His attorney said much the same, arguing that “any claim that she isn’t ‘free’ is a myth.”
Kesha is currently obligated to produce six more records for Sony; she hasn’t produced any music since seeking treatment for an eating disorder in 2014.
Two weeks ago, Kesha appealed the February decision. She’s also brought another attorney on to her legal team. According to a source, “she’s ready to go to war with these people.”
Meanwhile, Dr. Luke has asked people not to jump to conclusions. A parade of fellow pop stars has rallied behind the embattled singer, with some, like Kelly Clarkson, speaking out to declare Dr. Luke as demeaning, difficult, and a liar.
“I understand why people without all the information are speaking out,” he said. “I can appreciate their compassion. But lives can get ruined when there’s a rush to judgment before all the facts come out.”
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