When news hit of pop star Kesha’s shocking sexual and physical abuse allegations against popular music producer Dr. Luke, the music industry paused for a few seconds. Dr. Luke has worked with almost every major pop act over the last decade, including Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, and Rihanna — just to name a few.
Kesha’s claims should not be taken lightly under any circumstance, and from the lawsuit she filed, these allegations are sticking. The high profile nature of the case puts other pop stars and their working relationship with the Grammy nominated producer in the spotlight. Is Kesha the only alleged victim of Dr. Luke’s abuse? Will others come forward?
When initial reports hit, Dr. Luke was quiet, but now he’s telling his side of the story, in what we’re guessing is a way to protect his working relationship with other acts. Through a statement with People magazine, Dr. Luke’s attorney has commented on the allegations that the producer physically, emotionally, and sexually abused Kesha.
The statement from Dr. Luke’s people doesn’t mince any words. For right now, it looks like the producer is adamant about his innocence.
“Kesha’s lawsuit is a spectacular and outrageous fiction that will go down in flames. As the truth emerges, this sad and misguided smear campaign will only hurt Kesha.
“We are confident the courts will decide that Kesha’s current claims are absolutely false, chief among them the preposterous accusation that Luke date raped Kesha when she was 18.”
That’s not all. According to the music producer, Kesha’s sexual abuse claims are part of a bigger plan. It’s believed that this is an extortion set up that Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert initiated in an email to Dr. Luke.
The e-mail was allegedly sent by Sebert, threatening the producer to alleviate Kesha of her contract. If he didn’t give in to the demands, these allegations would be released publicly.
Luke’s attorney claims this email, sent from Kesha’s mother, dates back to 2013. Here’s a look at the full e-mail that was sent.
“Tomorrow I am going to start making public how Dr. Luke blackmailed me into giving him and Circuit publishing credit, on all songs I wrote on warrior, with Kesha and other writers and producers…We, me and kesha and her friends… are going to make all of this Really PUBLIC, in the next few days. Luke date raped Kesha when she was 18. Nicky Hilton’s birthday? Paris Hilton’s house? Luke gave Kesha pills? She ended up naked in his hotel room 2 days later, no longer a virgin? Do we want all this to come out? Either this Luke releases Kesha from all legal contracts, and gives me back all my publishing, or we, Kesha and I. tell the truth. And if I wind up dead, TRUST ME, IT’S IN WRITING TO CALL YOU AND LUKE.”
Although the extortion part could be true, so could these allegations of sexual and emotional abuse, which doesn’t make them a softer charge because of the circumstances. In response, Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos told People, “It is offensive – but not surprising – that Dr. Luke would try and pervert the words of a concerned mother to try and keep Kesha under his unilateral control against her will.”
Whose side do you believe?
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