Yesterday, anyone whose hair stands on the back of their neck when they hear about Dr. Luke was given yet another reason to dislike him. There was a new development in his defamation suit against Kesha and her mom Pebe Sebert. Dr. Luke claimed that Kesha said in 2016 text messages to Lady Gaga that he had raped both herself and Katy Perry. Dr. Luke has always been quick to deny any allegation made against him by Kesha, and this latest situation is no different.
He was probably hoping that sort of allegation would remain within the walls of the courtroom, but it got out, which means he had to put his legal team to work on a public statement on his behalf. Of course, his denial involves calling Kesha a liar.
“Katy Perry herself confirmed that Dr. Luke did not rape her. Kesha’s accusation to the contrary – just like her other outrageous lies about Dr. Luke – is baseless and irresponsible, and it is disrespectful to both Katy Perry and Dr. Luke. In his defamation lawsuit against Kesha, Dr. Luke seeks damages for the harm caused by these malicious falsehoods.”
Dr. Luke had worked with Katy Perry numerous times on three different albums, some around the same time he was working with Kesha. People reached out to Kesha for a comment, which she declined. E! News reached out to Katy Perry for her thoughts, and she also declined. Katy has never commented publicly on this messy situation.
Dr. Luke has denied the rape allegations since the beginning many years ago. I just can’t help but wonder why he hasn’t offered to take a lie detector test. Or maybe he tried, but the polygraph examiner determined any results would be inconclusive once they realized they were dealing with a guy who has built his career around identifying as a fake doctor.
Kesha has been battling her former producer and alleged abuser Dr. Luke for four years. She’s still contractually bound to him, and as of right now he’s suing her and her mother Pebe Sebert for defamation. Lady Gaga was dragged into Dr. Luke’s defamation suit about a year ago, and now Katy Perry is involved.
I just assumed Kesha’s ongoing battle with Dr. Luke had ended with her and that all-star Grammys chorus of Cyndi Lauper & Co. performing one of those Handmaid’s Tale sacrifices on him for being a real dick. Alas, the U.S. court system had a different idea in mind because they still maintain she can’t break free of her contract with him, and he’s taking that as an in to sue her for lost money. Continue reading
The Billboard Music Awards were last night and if the red carpet is any indication, it lived up to it’s name because most stars looked as bored as can be. With very few exceptions, most of the night’s looks were uninspired and devoid of whimsy. Nick Jonas (above) looks like he just showed up for his shift at Applebees and still needs to go get his flair from his locker and take a quick shot at the bar before getting started. He’ll be with you in a minute, ok?
The Grammys attempted to have their own Time’s Up/#MeToo moment last night; instead of pins or wearing black, some people wore or posed with white roses to symbolize “hope, peace, sympathy and resistance.” Kesha took the symbolism one step further by performing “Fuck You, Dr. Luke” (real title: “Praying“) amid a sea of white-clad backup singers. Some of them famous enough to make the audience at home think, “Hey, wait a minute…is that?”
The nominations for the 60th Grammy awards were announced this morning, and Jay-Z led with eight nominations. I suppose you could say that Jay-Z is the Beyoncé of this year’s Grammys? Although she actually got one this year too, for Best Rap/Sung Performance. I’m sure it’s a big day in the Knowles Carter house. Congratulations on your Grammy nomination, Beyonce! And also, you know, good job on all the ones you got today too, Jay-Z.