According to the producer’s legal team, “Katy Perry herself confirmed that Dr. Luke did not rape her.”
The latest bombshell allegation in the ongoing defamation case between Kesha (born Kesha Sebert) and estranged producer/label head Dr. Luke (born Lukasz Gottwald) has roped in two more major pop stars: Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
In court documents filed in New York on behalf of Kesha — which seeks to understand what statements Luke’s team are alleging as defamatory in the producer’s $50 million defamation suit against Kesha — an unredacted copy received by some reporters included a previously undisclosed text message between Kesha and Lady Gaga (born Stefani Germanotta), wherein Kesha claimed that Luke had raped Perry .
A reporter for Billboard‘s partner site, The Hollywood Reporter, obtained the unredacted file before the judge in the case granted a motion to seal portions of the evidence.
According to the documents, first reported by The Blast, Luke’s team is focusing on three main allegations Kesha made previously that they are now seeking to contend. The first two — that Luke raped Kesha and that he gave her drugs against her will — were already public knowledge, but the allegation that he raped Perry had not previously been aired in full. It had been known there was a text message involved in the case, but its contents were not disclosed.
The message in question was sent by Kesha to Gaga on Feb. 26, 2016, in which the documents assert that the “Praying” singer had repeated her “false claim that [Luke] had raped her.”
It goes on, “[Kesha] also falsely asserted that [Luke] had also raped Kathryn Hudson p/k/a Katy Perry… following this text message conversation, and with [Kesha’s] encouragement, [Lady Gaga] spread negative messages about [Luke] in the press and on social media.”
The contents of the texts between Gaga and Kesha were previously sealed, but in July 2017 it was reported that Kesha told Gaga that Luke had raped her — an allegation he denies — and that another, unidentified, artist had also been raped by Luke.
In the papers filed by Luke’s team in New York in May, he claims that in those same texts Kesha told Gaga the producer had also raped Perry — an allegation he also denies. Luke’s countersuit notes that Perry and Gaga have been deposed as part of the ongoing lawsuit, although it is not clear what Perry disclosed in her testimony. The wording of the texts between Gaga and Kesha have not been disclosed either.
Perry, who worked with Luke on songs such as “I Kissed a Girl” and “Roar,” has never publicly accused Luke of rape. A spokesperson for Kesha declined to comment at press time and a rep Perry did not respond to request for comment.
On Wednesday (June 13), Luke’s legal team issued a statement addressing Kesha’s allegedly false claims to Gaga regarding Perry. It said, “Katy Perry herself confirmed that Dr. Luke did not rape her. Kesha’s accusation to the contrary — just like her other outrageous lies about Dr. Luke — is baseless and irresponsible, and it is disrespectful to both Katy Perry and Dr. Luke. In his defamation lawsuit against Kesha, Dr. Luke seeks damages for the harm caused by these malicious falsehoods.”
Luke’s rep has not returned a request for clarification regarding when Perry confirmed Luke did not rape her, per his camp’s statement.
In May, an appeals court rejected Kesha’s attempt to extract herself from her recording contract with Luke, the latest setback in the singer’s bid to untangle herself from a professional relationship with Luke.