Ke$ha’s accusations against Dr. Luke may be totally and completely false. They may represent a despicable episode of extortion and abuse of the legal system. But it can easily be argued that Dr. Luke has already lost, simply because the taint of accusations are difficult to erase without a complete and total admission of guilt by his accuser.
Or, incontrovertible evidence proving that Ke$ha (aka Kesha Sebert) and her mother, Pebe Sebert, perjured and orchestrated a complex, extortionist plot to wriggle Ke$ha out of her contract. If that doesn’t occur, then Dr. Luke has a problem.
Because in almost every interaction from this point, professional and personal, people will wonder if the accusations were true.
And that’s assuming the accusations are false. Earlier this week, Ke$ha accused producer and career-shaper Dr. Luke, aka Lukasz Gottwald, of multiple counts of sexual assault while forcing the intake of various drugs. Other accusations include overbearing creative control and mental abuse, including repeated statements that plunged Ke$ha into an eating disorder.
In a countersuit now filed, Dr. Luke says all of those accusations are not only false, but that Ke$ha and her mother cooked the story as part of an extortionist plot to wriggle out of a contract.
The rest is being battled out on TMZ, which probably isn’t helping matters for Gottwald. In the countersuit, Dr. Luke claims that Ke$ha and her mother have already admitted to lying and defaming the super-producer. This is “a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements,” Luke attorney Christina Lepera told TMZ.
Ke$ha attorney Mark Geragos fired back:
“This is just another pathetic and entirely predictable example of Dr. Luke’s continued abuse, and a misguided attempt to keep Kesha under his tyrannical control. This lawsuit has absolutely no basis in fact, the law or reality. Kesha is focused on reclaiming her voice and her freedom. She is determined to move on with her life and her career by putting this dark period behind her.”
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