Kesha Sues Producer Dr. Luke for Sexual Assault and Battery

Publish Date
Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 9:56AM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

Kesha has filed a lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke, claiming he sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her over the past decade to the point that she almost died, according to TMZ.

Dr. Luke whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald began making sexual advances toward her from when she signed with him at age 18 says the suit. He also allegedly forced her to imbibe drugs and alcohol to lower her inhibitions.

Kesha is asking for a judge to release her from her contract with Gottwald.

Kesha claims at one point, Luke made her snort a substance before boarding a plane and, when in flight, sexually assaulted her while she was drugged. At another point he allegedly gave her "sober pills" which were actually GHB and she woke up the next day naked in the producer's bed feeling sore and out of it with no memory of how she got there.

She also recalled an incident where the producer allegedly came at her "violently thrashing his arms," prompting her to run barefoot down Pacific Coast Highway and hide in the mountains.

"He also threatened her and her family's physical safety," one section of the lawsuit reads. "[Kesha] wholly believed that Dr. Luke had the power and money to carry out his threats."

Kesha claims the abuse prompted the eating disorder that pushed her to enter rehab earlier this year. "You are not that pretty," he allegedly told her. "You are not that talented. You are just lucky to have me." He also reportedly called the singer a "fat fucking refrigerator."

"This lawsuit is a wholehearted 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 an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke," the pop star's attorney, Mark Geragos, told TMZ. "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."

The same day Kesha filed her suit, Gottwald also filed one against the singer alleging defamation and breach of contract. He claimed Kesha had made up her allegations against him. "We are confident that Dr. Luke will prevail in all matters, and that our client will be awarded substantial damages for this malicious conduct," his attorney told Rolling Stone.

Last year, Kesha's fans started a petition to free her from her contract with Dr. Luke, claiming he was "controlling [her] like a puppet." "I feel like my fans are really protective of me," she told Rolling Stone last October. "They just want to see me grow as an artist, which I agree with. Hopefully in the future, I'll be in a position where I can put out a ballad or a more vulnerable song."