Last year, a sizable group of Kesha fans launched the #FreeKe$ha campaign in hopes of prompting Dr. Luke, renowned producer to the stars, to release her from her lengthy recording contract. Those behind the movement maintained that Dr. Luke was stifling Kesha’s growth as an artist by “forcing her to sing the same generic, predictable, recycled pop songs.”
Unfortunately, it seems that her creativity isn’t the only thing that’s suffered over the years. According to a new civil lawsuit, Kesha claims Dr. Luke sexually and physically abused her for nearly a decade.
As TMZ notes, the lawsuit alleges that the abuse began not long after she signed with Dr. Luke’s record label, Kemosabe Entertainment. Kesha was only 18 years old at the time.
In one instance, Kesha claims he forced her to snort something before getting on a plane … and during the trip he forced himself on her while she was drugged.
On another occasion, Kesha claims after forcing her to drink with him, Dr. Luke gave her what he called “sober pills.” Kesha claims she woke up the following afternoon, naked in Dr. Luke’s bed, sore, sick … and with no memory of how she got there.
Kesha also says there was physical abuse … once she says he attacked her at his Malibu house where he was “violently thrashing his arms at her.” She says she escaped and ran barefoot down PCH and hid in the mountains.
Kesha also has claimed the producer was the reason behind her eating disorder.
Just a few hours after news of Kesha’s lawsuit emerged, Dr. Luke issued his own, in which he calls Kesha “a liar” and accuses her of extortion. Per TMZ:
But in Luke’s lawsuit … he says the pack of lies is being engineered by Kesha’s mother, Pebe, and Kesha’s new management firm. Luke claims Kesha tried to extort him by threatening to spread lies about him to a blogger who started a “Free Kesha” website unless he released her from her recording contract.
And Luke says in his lawsuit he’s had a copy of a draft of Kesha’s new abuse lawsuit for months, and she was threatening to file it if he didn’t release her. In other words, he’s alleging more extortion.
As Gawker points out, since Kesha’s lawsuit was filed in civil court, Dr. Luke does not face criminal charges or jail time.