Singer and producer Kesha filed a civil complaint On Tuesday, which claims that Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald sexually, physically and verbally abused her over the 10 years since he signed her as an 18-year-old artist.
Dr. Luke’s then filed a lawsuit back, just hours later, in New York, which states that Kesha “made up outrageous and untrue statements to extort him into releasing her from her recording contract with his label.” Kesha’s lawsuit demands that she be paid damages for suffering he caused her and that her contract with Dr. Luke be declared worthless.
Kesha Rose Sebert, was “an intelligent, family-oriented, and joyful young woman” before Dr. Luke “showered her with promises of fame and fortune” and induced her to sign a contract with him in 2005, according to the lawsuit. But, instead of living a life of Hollywood glamour, she “lived in a prison of his abuse.”
Kesha also accuses him of giving her a date rape drug that allowed him to sexually assault her while she was unconscious, and he allegedly used constant verbal insults “to make her feel completely worthless and maintain complete control over her life.”
The 27-year-old songstress developed the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, which almost killed her, because of the continuous criticism about her weight by Dr. Luke.
When the “Tik Tok” singer entered a rehabilitation center to be treated for the disorder earlier this year, her doctors concluded that the unrelenting emotional and psychological abuse by Dr. Luke caused her to suffer severe depression, post-traumatic stress, social isolation, and panic attacks. Thus, a continuing contact with him would be life threatening.
Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos said her lawsuit is an effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for 10 years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault.
“The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain. Kesha is focused on moving her life and her career beyond this terrible time,” Geragos said.
Christine Lepera, Dr. Luke’s lawyer, said Kesha’s complaint is nothing more than a continuation of her bad and offensive acts, and she added “As set forth in the complaint that we have filed on behalf of Dr. Luke, Kesha and her mother are engaged in a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements about Dr. Luke to third parties, including scurrilous and false statements of purported physical and mental abuse of Kesha.”