Kesha is still fighting against her former producer Dr. Luke, and currently the battle is over several text messages that were allegedly sent by Kesha to a variety of people, including Lady Gaga. In the texts with Gaga, Kesha alleges some pretty awful stuff, like the allegation that Dr. Luke raped Katy Perry. Katy never publicly commented at the time, but she was deposed in the case and testified that Dr. Luke never did such a thing.
This all stems from Dr. Luke’s lawsuit against Kesha and her mother Pebe Sebert, in which he alleges they plotted to spread phony lies about him in an attempt to get her out of her contract and ruin his reputation. Kesha claimed in texts that Dr. Luke had raped and drugged her, and that he raped Katy Perry. Dr. Luke has worked with Katy Perry numerous times on multiple albums. Last year she suddenly chose not to work with him on Witness, which I’m sure looked suspicious to some people, least of all Kesha.
According to Billboard, Katy gave her deposition late last month and parts of it was released on Monday. Billboard says the deposition is heavily redacted, which obviously means a lot was edited out before it was released, but here’s what we know for sure: Katy says Dr. Luke never raped her, drugged her, was never in a sexual or romantic relationship with him, and she never even joked that he had assaulted her.
However, depositions also showed that Kesha might not be the one who spread those allegations. According to a deposition given by Lady Gaga, she claims the information about Katy Perry and Dr. Luke came from Geffen A&M Records chairman and CEO John Janick. John allegedly told Gaga and Kesha that he’d “heard a rumor” about Katy and Dr. Luke, but Gaga reportedly couldn’t remember his exact phrasing. John Janick gave his own deposition in which he claimed he couldn’t remember where he heard such information, and that he never spread it to Gaga and Kesha.
The depositions, as well as a statement from Dr. Luke’s lawyers, also show that in 2014 when Kesha hired a legal team from Sunshine Sachs, a memo from the law firm shows that the goal was the following:
“Help extricate Client K [presumably Kesha] from her current professional relationship with Person L [presumably Dr. Luke] by inciting a deluge of negative media attention and public pressure on the basis of the horrific personal abuses presented in the lawsuit.”
The depositions also showed that John, along with music manager Irving Azoff and Kesha’s managers, might have been in cahoots to sully Dr. Luke’s name. At one point, one of Kesha’s managers allegedly sent an email to Irving asking him to “please keep the Jihad going” against Dr. Luke. It’s worth noting that Nicki Minaj recently accused Irving Azoff of launching a smear campaign against her in an attempt to push album and tour sales for his client, Travis Scott. This is turning into one hell of a conspiracy theory. Has Oliver Stone bought the rights yet? Kevin Costner, clear your schedule – you and your truth-seeking pretend lawyer glasses might be needed again. And see if you can get Zooey Deschanel’s number; it’s time to put those Katy Perry comparisons to good use.