The legal drama between Kesha and Dr. Luke AKA Lukasz Gottwald is far from over!!
In fact, the music producer has added a defamation claim in his lawsuit against the songstress on Monday over a text message she sent to Lady GaGa. As we previously reported, the message was added into evidence for the case earlier this month.
According to court docs, the text was sent to the Million Reasons singer on February 26, 2016, and Luke's legal team alleges it was part of a "malicious campaign to destroy Gottwald's reputation and career."
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While the contents of the text have been sealed by a judge, the 43-year-old claims the Tik Tok artist "falsely stated that another female recording artist had been raped by Gottwald, and again repeated the baseless assertion that Kesha had been raped by Gottwald." And although he was never directly named in any texts, it mentioned the other recording artist was "raped by the same man," and he also believes it was "clear" they were referring to him judging by "the surrounding context of the text message."
Well, the 29-year-old has filed her own complaint against Dr. Luke on Monday, claiming he has a "vendetta against Kesha."
Her legal team states in the court docs he hasn't allowed her to work or release new music, and is "maintaining absolute and complete control over every material decision facing Kesha's career."
In case you weren't aware, Kesha's contract with the music producer means she has to release three new albums before it can be terminated. But she says her attempt to release any new music (she handed Sony over 22 new songs) have yet to be approved:
"Kesha's efforts to record and release her next album have been met with unfounded resistance and delay."
And the pop star fears things will only get worse when Luke's contract with Sony is over in March, which means she's stuck with the man "who has verbally abused her, made physical threats against her, and sued her and her mother for punitive damages in an attempt to bankrupt them both."
Kesha's court papers argue the songstress should be let out of her contract with him:
"You can get a divorce from an abusive spouse. You can dissolve a partnership if the relationship becomes irreconcilable. The same opportunity — to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship — should be available to a recording artist."
"In the interest of justice," the songstress should be freed.
Wow. It sounds like there's much more to come, especially as both parties' next court hearing is set for February 14.
We'll continue to keep you updated!
[Image via AP Images & Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]
Tags: defamation, dr. luke, kesha, lady gaga, lawsuit, legal matters, sony