Kesha Thanks Supporters As 2011 Deposition Emerges Showing Her Denying Dr. Luke Raped Her
Kesha broke her silence on Tuesday night to thank supporters following her failed bid to get out of her contract with producer Dr. Luke.
The singer claims Dr. Luke raped and sexually assaulted her. He denies the allegations and has not been charged with any crime.
“The support I have received has left my face swollen from tears. I love you all so much,” she wrote on Instagram.
Her post comes as a 2011 deposition obtained by TMZ surfaced showing Kesha denying Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukas Gottwald, committed any acts of sexual misconduct.
She was asked: “Did you ever have an intimate relationship with Gottwald?”
“No,” she replied.
She was also asked: “Did Dr. Luke ever give you a roofie?”
“No,” she replied.
The deposition was part of a different lawsuit in which music management company DAS Communications claimed that Kesha severed ties with them in 2008 following pressure from Dr. Luke. The case was reportedly settled out of court.
Kesha's mom was also questioned about Dr. Luke in the deposition, which was first posted by TMZ.
“Had anyone told you that Gottwald had slipped Kesha a date rape drug?”
“No,” he mother replied.
Kesha's lawyer Mark Geragos responded to the deposition when it was leaked in 2014, saying in a statement that Dr. Luke "threatened to destroy Kesha's life and the lives of her family if she didn't cover up his sexual assaults in a 2011 deposition."
I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.— Dr. Luke Doctor Luke (@TheDoctorLuke) February 22, 2016
I have 3 sisters, a daughter, and a son with my girlfriend, and a feminist mom who raised me right.— Dr. Luke Doctor Luke (@TheDoctorLuke) February 22, 2016
Kesha and I made a lot of songs together and it was often good but there were creative differences at times.— Dr. Luke Doctor Luke (@TheDoctorLuke) February 22, 2016
It’s sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue.— Dr. Luke Doctor Luke (@TheDoctorLuke) February 22, 2016
But I feel confident when this is over the lies will be exposed and the truth will prevail..— Dr. Luke Doctor Luke (@TheDoctorLuke) February 22, 2016
Kesha has been getting big name support including Taylor Swift who donated $250,000 to help the singer with her legal bills.
After Swift’s donation was revealed, Lovato tweeted:
Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed.— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 22, 2016
Lovato took the “Bad Blood" singer to task on a Swift fan site where she wrote: “At least I'm talking about it. Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn't grow up with money and def haven't made as much as her. At least I speak up about sh** that's uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7."
But Lovato says there's "no rivalry" between the two. The "Skyscraper" singer also posted:
As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn't say. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories. They're more likely to face retaliation and harassment than to see justice being served. Especially women. It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men. All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society. Everyone has their own way of giving support to others , and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters. Ultimately, the message I want people to hear is it's okay to come forward with your abuse and if you do decide to take action, you are not alone.
As for Dr. Luke, he's refusing to get involved in a "trial by Twitter" after some of music's biggest names have come out in support of the 28-year-old singer.
Writing on the website Lenny Letter, Lena Dunham penned an essay called “Why Kesha’s Case is About More Than Kesha,” the actress said: “When I saw the outcome of Kesha’s court case last Friday, I felt sick.”
Lady Gaga tweeted:
There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 19, 2016
Miley Cyrus posted on Instagram:
It's a rich display of girl power at a time when one embattled pop star could use it.