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Dr. Luke Calls Kesha’s Claims of Abuse and Rape ‘Outright Lies’

by Rande Iaboni 9:18 AM PST, February 22, 2016
Playing Dr. Luke Calls Kesha’s Claims of Abuse and Rape ‘Outright Lies’

After a New York judge ruled against Kesha's request to end her recording contract with Sony Music and producer Dr. Luke on Friday, the #FreeKesha movement of support came pouring in on social media from the likes of her many fans as well as high-profile celebs ranging from Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga.

Someone who isn't joining the movement? Lukasz Sebastian "Dr. Luke" Gottwald. Attorneys for the music producer released a lengthy statement to ET on Monday praising the judge's ruling, as well as offering up a few digs at the #FreeKesha movement.

The 28-year-old pop star was asking for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to get out of her record contract with Kemosabe Records, which is part of Sony Music. The request came after Kesha's allegations that the 42-year-old songwriter/producer, Dr. Luke both drugged and raped her over a decade ago and consistently abused her both physically and emotionally. Dr. Luke has denied any wrongdoing.

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"The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already 'free' to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn't want to. Any claim that she isn't 'free' is a myth," attorney Christine Lepara said in the statement.

In response to the allegations of rape and abuse, Lepara went on to say, "Kesha never reported any purported abuse or rape to any law enforcement authority, or even to Sony Music, and further swore under oath in another matter, while accompanied by her team of lawyers, that it never occurred. The goal of Kesha's counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law."

"As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims," the statement continued. "Kesha to date has never verified the allegations in this case -even when given the opportunity in her affidavit. Nor has she ever offered a credible explanation as to why she would have signed a second recording agreement, recorded two albums and an EP and signed a publishing deal with Dr. Luke after allegedly being sexually abused. It will further be shown that the incidents alleged never happened."

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The statement also mentions that Sony Music has spent over $11 million promoting Kesha and that their label Kemosabe Records is committed to continuing to promote her work.

While most offered their support via social media, Taylor Swift took it one step further by donating money to help Kesha with her ongoing legal battle.

"In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time," the 1989 singer's rep told ET in a statement on Sunday.

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Kesha's mom, Pebe Sebert, thanked Swift for the generous gift in a series of tweets on Sunday evening. "A persons wealth is not measured by what they have but by WHO they they help with it. And Taylor Swift is is a truly RICH PERSON. Thank you," she tweeted, followed by a red rose. "Most important for Kesha, is that these beautiful, powerful women are standing behind her, letting the world see how powerful the truth is!"

Sebert was also involved in her own legal battle with Dr. Luke who was suing her for defamation. The case was dismissed earlier this month.

A next court date has not yet been assigned in the ongoing battle of Kesha and Dr. Luke.

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