Perry stays out of dis­pute

Singer tries to avoid Ke­sha law­suit with Dr. Luke

The Observer (Sarnia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Katy Perry re­fused to speak out in Ke­sha and Dr. Luke’s bit­ter le­gal fight be­cause she feared back­lash if she de­fended the pro­ducer.

The Roar singer was dragged into the bat­tle due to her pro­fes­sional links to hit­maker Dr. Luke and Ke­sha even sug­gested she had been a vic­tim of his al­leged sex­ual mis­con­duct.

Perry, who dis­missed the claim, was forced to sit for a de­po­si­tion with Luke’s lawyers in July 2017 and now more of her tes­ti­mony has leaked. In it she re­veals she kept quiet as her for­mer col­lab­o­ra­tor and Ke­sha went to war be­cause she didn’t want to ap­pear to be the only woman stand­ing up for the em­bat­tled pro­ducer.

Cit­ing court doc­u­ments, celebrity web­site the­blast.com says Perry was ques­tioned about her de­ci­sion to stop work­ing with the pro­ducer af­ter Ke­sha’s al­le­ga­tions of emo­tional and sex­ual abuse against him be­came pub­lic. She re­veals that she was aware Ke­sha had the sup­port of sev­eral fa­mous women, in­clud­ing Lady Gaga, but she had noth­ing bad to say about him.

“I felt pres­sured, but I also knew both of them and a lot of peo­ple did not,” Katy said. “So it was easy for them to be dis­at­tached and sup­port an idea rather than an ac­tual in­stance.”

Her si­lence led to back­lash on so­cial me­dia: “Peo­ple were gen­er­ally very an­gry at me for not say­ing any­thing,” she says. “The as­so­ci­a­tion with work­ing with Luke was a neg­a­tive at the time and still is be­cause of this in­ci­dent.”

Perry says she spoke with Luke be­fore ex­plain­ing she would not be work­ing with him on her Wit­ness al­bum, telling the pro­ducer it would look like she was “pick­ing a side.”

She also told Luke she would not be de­fend­ing him pub­licly be­cause she feared reprisals: “I would be the one woman that is against women and I’m not against women, but I be­lieve in in­no­cent un­til proven guilty and I be­lieve in jus­tice,” she told the lawyers.

She also blasted both Luke and Ke­sha for drag­ging her into their le­gal fight af­ter Ke­sha sug­gested Luke had sex­u­ally as­saulted Perry.

Perry was “an­noyed that she would bring me into it in this way, an­noyed at both Luke and Ke­sha,” she said.

“I want to stay out of it be­cause I know them both and I em­pathize with both of them and ob­vi­ously it’s a hor­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion for both of them. And the only two peo­ple that know what re­ally went on are those two peo­ple.”

Luke is su­ing Ke­sha for defama­tion, claim­ing her al­le­ga­tions cost him mil­lions in rev­enue — and he says much of that came from Perry’s de­ci­sion not to work with him any­more.

Wenn

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Katy Perry.

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