Dr. Luke's Lawyer Responds to Kesha's Body Shaming Claims: 'She Continues to Maliciously Level False Accusatio
By Elisa Osegueda
Dr. Luke's lawyer, Christine Lepera, issued a statement to ET on Wednesday in response to Kesha's recent interview with New York Times Magazine, in which she claims she was body shamed by the producer.
"The New York Times Magazine profile piece that ran today unfortunately has many inaccuracies," Lepera said. "This article is part of a continuing coordinated press campaign by Kesha to mislead the public, mischaracterize what has transpired over the last two years, and gain unwarranted sympathy."
In the article, titled "The Exile," Kesha claims Dr. Luke (Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) criticized her weight in public and once called her a "fat [expletive] refrigerator." The piece also noted that the alleged body shaming and stress of the industry led the 29-year-old singer into an eating disorder.
"Kesha filed a shock and awe complaint of alleged abuse against Luke Gottwald in 2014 -- for contract negotiation leverage. It backfired," Lepera continued. "She never intended to prove her claims. She has voluntarily withdrawn her California complaint, after having her counterclaims in New York for alleged abuse dismissed."
Kesha sued Dr. Luke on Oct. 14, 2014, accusing him of abusing her over the course of 10 years. "Dr. Luke abused Ms. Sebert in order to destroy her self-confidence, self-image, and self-worth so that he could maintain complete control over her life and career," the lawsuit read.
This past April, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich dismissed a number of counterclaims that Kesha's lawyers filed on March 21, which accused Dr. Luke of employment-based gender discrimination, gender-related hate crimes, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Since then, Kesha has dropped her lawsuit against Dr. Luke in California in an effort to focus on creating new music, according to her legal counsel. However, she is maintaining her lawsuit against Dr. Luke in New York.
"Nevertheless, she continues to maliciously level false accusations in the press to attack our client. The reality is that for well over two years, Kesha chose -- and it was entirely her choice -- not to provide her label with any music," the statement continued. "Kesha was always free to move forward with her music, and an album could have been released long ago had she done so. She exiled herself."
Lepera goes on to note that Kesha provided 22 recordings to the label in June and July, but adds that the music was created without any label consultation, which is not in compliance with her contract.
Nonetheless, A&R representatives of both Kemosabe and RCA provided Kesha with feedback in writing and in person on those tracks in order to help her further develop the material, according to the statement.
"For the last several months, the label has been in discussions with Kesha and her team to choose the best music, create additional music, and work on the tracks created," the statement continued. "The creation of an album is a process, however what has clearly been communicated is that the aim is for a release date as early as possible. It is in the economic best interest of the label and Mr. Gottwald to put out a top-selling album, and that takes time. In fact, the label suggested an early release of an advance Kesha track. It was Kesha's team who rejected this proposal."
Lepera concluded by noting that Kesha's claim in the New York Times Magazine article that "she has no ability to earn money outside of touring is completely rebutted by well documented public court records which apparently escaped the article’s attention."