Kesha's Attorney Responds to Footage of Singer Denying Rape Claims, Maintaining "Dr. Luke Threatened Her"
By Rande Iaboni
Just days after a New York Supreme Court judge denied
Kesha’s request to be let out of her Sony Music contract, citing a lack of
evidence to the singer’s claims of abuse and sexual assault by producer Lukasz
“Dr. Luke” Gottwald, footage from a 2011 deposition surfaced showing Kesha denying those same
Now, Kesha’s attorney is firing back against the leaked
footage in a new statement to ET.
“Dr. Luke threatened her and her mother ... only after going to
rehab and undergoing intense therapy was Kesha strong enough to stand up to
this monster,” her attorney, Mark Geragos said.
ET obtained the footage (see it in the player below), which has been heavily edited. At one point, Kesha specifically says: "Dr.
Luke never made sexual advances at me." Responding to questions regarding
whether she and Gottwald had ever engaged in "intimate relations," or
whether he had offered her a "roofie," Kesha responds with
"No" on both accounts.
In a separate 2011 deposition, Kesha's mother, Pebe Sebert,
also responds "No" to three questions regarding whether she had heard
about her daughter having sexual relations, being date raped, or being drugged
by Dr. Luke.
Dr. Luke's attorney, Christine Lepera, issued the following
statement to ET regarding the video: "Tellingly, Kesha continues to evade
the under oath sworn testimony of no abuse from her and her mother -- and the
video of their testimony speaks a thousand words."
Back in 2014, when news of the past deposition first came to
light amid Kesha’s lawsuit, her attorney had this to say:
"Luke's latest legal maneuver comes as no surprise;
it's a desperate Hail Mary and a pathetic attempt to once again blame his
victim. He 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; Luke is now
following through on his threats. Unfortunately protecting abusers out of fear
happens all too often with battered women. This case is about Luke's physical,
emotional and psychological abuse of Kesha and her fight to get him out of her
life. After being driven to the brink of death and into rehab, she's no longer
going to allow herself to wither away at the hands of her abuser as he tries to
blame the victim."
In the aftermath of the judge’s recent decision against
Kesha, the singer has cancelled her upcoming performance at Loyola University
Chicago, according to the institution’s Department of Programming.
According to the announcement, “Kesha will no longer be able
to perform … due to personal reasons."
"Kesha has expressed her disappointment in having to
cancel, but she feels that this is the best decision for her at this
time," the statement continued. "We respect her decision and wish her
well." Students with tickets to her Friday concert will be issued full
Despite setbacks in court, Kesha has been receiving a wave
of love and support from her fans and fellow music stars who have come out to
stand behind the singer during this difficult time. Most recently, Taylor Swift
donated $250,000 to the singer and Adele offered her public support while
accepting a Brit Award.