The ongoing legal struggle Kesha is facing with her former producer, Dr. Luke, has been a difficult journey for the singer. With the support of fellow celebs and jaw-droppingly amazing performances, Kesha has persevered. But now, after a profile called “The Exile: Kesha, Interrupted” was published in The New York Times Magazine, Dr. Luke has responded, and what he has to say will probably make you as mad as the rest of the internet.
In the NYT Magazine article, there are many disturbing claims made on top of the existing ones we already know about — i.e. the verbal abuse, the emotional abuse and even allegations of rape — including the fact that Kesha says she was forced to keep up her (destructive) party-girl image as well as starve herself to please the producer. All very upsetting stuff.
Kesha even shared on Instagram, “thank you to the New York Times for shedding light on my life and legal situation. there’s nothing harder than dreaming and working and fighting for something your whole entire life, since you were 3 years old, since you could speak. and you FINALLY achieve it. and then have someone else take it away from you.” Oof.
She added, “my heart has a giant hole in it and is literally aching and throbbing from sadness and loss. imagine someone owning your voice… and not letting you sing. singing is how I have dealt with everything in my life. and my right has been taken away.” Heartbreaking.
Dr. Luke, natch (and ugh!), isn’t about to stay quiet about it all.
Responding through his lawyer, Dr. Luke’s response is pretty much what you’d expect at this point. “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.”
He claims that “Kesha filed a shock and awe complaint of alleged abuse against Luke Gottwald in 2014 ― for contract negotiation leverage. It backfired.”
In reference to Kesha’s claim that she was exiled from the industry, Dr. Luke counters with, “She exiled herself.”
It goes on (in detail) to deny everything she said. It’s pretty gross. And folks on the internet agree.
It seems like it’s time to let Kesha release her music. In fact, it’s way overdue.
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