Kesha Says She Was Offered’ Freedom’ if She Retracted Rape Allegations
Ever since a New York judge denied Kesha's February request for an injunction that would effectively sever her ties with producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and his label under Sony Music, fans and fellow artists have amplified the rallying cry to #FreeKesha. Yesterday (April 4), the "Die Young" singer alleged that she was offered "freedom" from her contract — but it was contingent upon one condition she would not accept.
"So. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie," Kesha wrote in an Instagram post.
"I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped," she continued. "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again."
Gottwald's legal team denied this claim in a statement to Rolling Stone. The magazine had reported that a source close to the case told them the above option had been floated "a couple months ago" in discussions between the two parties' legal representation, though they weren't able to confirm whether it was during formal settlement talks.
Blasting Kesha's comments as "publicity stunts and outrageous smears," Dr. Luke's spokesperson told Rolling Stone that "[h]er goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones. We look forward to our day in court holding Kesha accountable for her lies."
Both Kesha and her mother, Pebe Sebert, allege that Gottwald drugged and assaulted Kesha when she was 18, in addition to years of systematic emotional abuse that they say contributed to her rehab stint for an eating disorder in 2014. Gottwald has denied her claims, saying they're "motivated by money." His attorneys filed a defamation suit against the mother and daughter in 2014.
As for Kesha's speculation that her ongoing battle for contract release may ruin her career, that's a sentiment long echoed by her attorney Mark Geragos.
"Kesha now faces an abysmal decision: work with her alleged abuser…or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away,” Geragos wrote in an injunction brief filed in October 2015.
The singer filed an appeal against the injunction ruling that keeps her under Gottwald's Kemosabe Records imprint; you can read that brief in full over at Scribd.
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