In SMS, Kesha accused Dr Luke of raping Katy Perry
LOS ANGELES: Singer Kesha accused former collaborator Dr Luke of raping Katy Perry in a text message to Lady Gaga, according to court documents fi led in New York.
The documents seen by newsmen are related to the ongoing defamation case between Kesha and Luke.
The documents reportedly contain Luke’s refutation of three of Kesha’s claims against him: previously known allegations that he gave the singer drugs against her will and that he raped her, as well as the previously undisclosed claim that he raped Perry.
The claim was revealed in a text message sent from Kesha to Lady Gaga, according to the documents, which read in part: “On February 26, 2016 ( Kesha) sent a text message to Stefani Germanotta ( Lady Gaga) which repeated ( Kesha’s) false claim that ( Luke) had raped her.
“( Kesha) also falsely asserted that ( Luke) had also raped Kathryn Hudson ( Katy Perry),” it continues, adding that “Following this text message conversation, and with ( Kesha’s) encouragement, ( Gaga) spread negative messages about ( Luke) in the press and on social media.” Previously, the existence of the text message had been publicly discussed, although its contents had not.
The documents also reportedly reveal that Perry has been deposed as part of the lawsuit, although there is no indication of what she said. Perry has never publicly accused Luke of sexual misconduct, although she has not worked with him professionally for several years.
In a statement, Luke’s legal team vehemently denied the accusations detailed in the court documents. “Katy Perry herself confi rmed that Dr Luke did not rape her,” it said. “Kesha’s accusation to the contrary — just like her other outrageous lies about Dr Luke — is baseless and irresponsible, and it is disrespectful to both Katy Perry and Dr Luke. In his defamation lawsuit against Kesha, Dr Luke seeks damages for the harm caused by these malicious falsehoods.”
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