Kesha and Dr. Luke Settle Defamation Lawsuit After Years of Legal Battle
Pop singer Kesha and music producer Dr. Luke have reached a settlement to resolve a long-standing defamation lawsuit. Both artists announced the agreement in identical statements shared on their Instagram accounts.
The legal dispute dates back to 2014 when Lukasz Gottwald, professionally known as Dr. Luke, sued Kesha, alleging that she had falsely accused him of rape to escape their recording contract. Kesha, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, gained fame with hits like “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R,” produced by Dr. Luke.
In her lawsuit, Kesha sought to nullify the contract, claiming that she had suffered sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse at the hands of Dr. Luke, which had nearly cost her life. She specifically alleged two incidents of being drugged and raped by him.
A trial was scheduled to commence on July 19th. However, the out-of-court settlement was reached shortly after a New York appeals court ruled that Dr. Luke qualified as a public figure, raising the burden of proof for him to prove defamation.
The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed publicly. In their joint Instagram statement, Kesha and Dr. Luke agreed to issue a joint statement regarding the resolution.
Kesha’s statement emphasized that only God knows what transpired that night and reiterated her inability to recount all the details. She expressed her desire to close this chapter of her life and move forward, extending wishes of peace to all parties involved.
Dr. Luke, known for producing hits for artists like Katy Perry, Avril Lavigne, and Flo Rida, expressed gratitude for being able to put this challenging matter behind him and resume his life. He asserted his certainty that nothing had happened and denied ever drugging or assaulting Kesha. Dr. Luke said he had fought diligently to clear his name for nearly a decade and concluded by wishing Kesha well.