Dr. Luke Fires Back at #FreeKesha Movement: 'She Was Like My Little Sister'
By Sophie Schillaci
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Dr. Luke is really speaking his mind.
The record producer went on a lengthy Twitter rant on Monday in response to the viral #FreeKesha movement, after a judge on Friday denied Kesha's request to end her record contract with Sony's Kemosabe Records. The legal request came after Kesha (born Kesha Rose Sebert) alleged that Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) both drugged and raped her over a decade ago and consistently abused her physically and emotionally. Dr. Luke has denied any wrongdoing.
"Until now I haven't commented on the lawsuits, which should be resolved in court not here on Twitter," he tweeted on Monday. "It's a shame that there's so much speculation out there basing itself on so little information."
The 42-year-old continued on to say that "lives can get ruined when there's a rush to judgment before all the facts come out," and "of course any sane person is against rape and sexual assault, but everybody who is commenting is doing so without knowledge or facts."
Dr. Luke pointed to reports of a 2011 testimony in which Kesha allegedly denied under oath that she had been drugged or engaged in an "intimate relationship" with him.
Kesha has denied under oath the horrible allegations now being made against me. Here is the testimony.
At one point, he brought both Lady Gaga and Chris Brown into his argument -- citing a denial from Gaga's rep that she had been sexually assaulted by Dr. Luke. In an appearance on Howard Stern's Sirius XM Radio show in late 2014, Gaga claimed that she had been sexually assaulted by a record producer, without naming names. The confession prompted Kesha's lawyer, Mark Geragos, to imply on Twitter that the pop star was referencing Dr. Luke.
"Mark Geragos (Kesha's attorney) represented Scott Peterson and Chris Brown," Luke wrote on Monday. "How can he pretend he cares about women's rights?"
Dr. Luke continued on to reference his own family, including "a feminist mom who raised me right," and suggest: "Imagine if you or somebody you loved was publicly accused of a rape you knew they didn't do. Imagine that."
I have 3 sisters, a daughter, and a son with my girlfriend, and a feminist mom who raised me right.
"Kesha and I made a lot of songs together and it was often good but there were creative differences at times," he said. "It's sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue."
Dr. Luke concluded his 22-tweet binge by simply stating, "This is an ongoing legal case so I won't be responding/talking much about this. This should be tried in a court of law."
In the hours following Friday's ruling, celebrities including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and more have publicly shown their support of Kesha. Even just moments before Dr. Luke's Twitter spree, EDM superstar Zedd posted: "@KeshaRose very, very sorry to hear about the whole situation. I'll be happy to produce a song for you if you want my help."
@KeshaRose very very sorry to hear about the whole situation. I'll be happy to produce a song for you if you want my help.