UPDATE 7:06 PM EST: Dr. Luke’s attorney Christine Lepera released the following statement in response to the article:
“The New York Times Magazine profile piece that ran today unfortunately has many inaccuracies. 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. Kesha filed a shock and awe complaint of alleged abuse against Luke Gottwald in 2014 — for contract negotiation leverage. It backfired. 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 She has voluntarily withdrawn her California complaint, after having her counterclaims in New York for alleged abuse dismissed. 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├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥and it was entirely her choice├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥not to provide her label with any music. 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. It was not until months after the denial of her injunction motion ├óΓé¼ΓÇ£ for the first time in June and July 2016–that Kesha started to provide the label with music. She provided 22 recordings created without any label consultation which were not in compliance with her contract, were in various stages of development, and which Kesha’s own team acknowledged needed work. Then, and 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. A&R representatives of both Kemosabe and RCA have provided Kesha with detailed feedback in writing and in person on the tracks she provided to help her further develop the material. Kesha has also agreed with Kemosabe and RCA on a list of producers who will work with her on these tracks, a studio has been reserved for these sessions, and a budget for certain work provided. 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.Kesha’s claim in the 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.”
Amid her legal battle against Dr. Luke, Kesha is opening up about the alleged verbal abuse she says led her to checking herself into rehab for an eating disorder in 2014.
In a new interview with The New York Times, the songstress candidly shared how the body shaming affected her:
“I was under immense pressure to starve myself. And I tried to and almost killed myself in the process.”
She also recalled being labeled a “fat [expletive] refrigerator” by her longtime producer.
It wasn’t just the alleged emotional abuse about her weight that affected her. The starlet even added how she felt her image was being created for her as she put out her first album Animal in 2010.
In addition to sharing how Dr. Luke told her to make her lyrics “make it more simple, just dumb”, she divulged:
“Something that was always told to me is: ├óΓé¼╦£You’re fun. We’re going to capitalize on that.’├óΓé¼ΓÇ░I was like, ├óΓé¼╦£I am fun, but I’m a lot of other things.’ But Luke’s like: ├óΓé¼╦£No, you’re fun. That’s all you are for your first record.'”
However in statements made by Luke’s reps, he denies creating “an image for Kesha outside the one she originally crafted for herself; that he had pressured her to put only party songs on Animal; that he had dictated lyrics to her; or that he had emotionally abused her in any way.”
After leaving rehab two months after checking in, the first thing the 29-year-old did was take the dollar sign out of her name:
“I was taking back my strength, and I was taking back my voice, and taking back my power, taking back my body. I’m just taking back my [expletive] life.”
The second thing? File her lawsuit.
As we previously reported, she has since dropped her sexual assault lawsuit against Dr. Luke, though she still maintains she was abused by him.
The two still remain in a legal battle, but there’s hope new music from Kesha could be heard soon!
She revealed she sent Sony 22 new songs, but there’s been no word on when or if they’ll be released.
Be sure to read more of her interview HERE.