Dr. Luke has broken his silence on the Kesha lawsuit.
In a series of tweets posted Monday, the producer (born Lukasz Gottwald) denied Kesha’s sexual assault claims, which the singer made in October 2014, and commented on the lawsuit that sought to release Kesha from her contract.
“Until now I haven’t commented on the lawsuits, which should be resolved in court not here on Twitter,” he wrote. “It’s a shame that there’s so much speculation out there basing itself on so little information. The only truly objective person who knows the facts is the judge. The judge did not rule in Kesha’s favor on Friday. I understand why people without all the information are speaking out. I can appreciate their compassion. But lives can get ruined when there’s a rush to judgment before all the facts come out.” Dr. Luke then cited the Rolling Stone article on an alleged rape at the University of Virginia that the magazine had to recant, and the 2006 Duke lacrosse case. “Look what happened at UVA, Duke etc.,” Dr. Luke wrote.
He added that “any sane person is against rape and sexual assault,” but “everybody who is commenting is doing so without knowledge or facts.”
“They are getting behind an allegation only — motivated by money,” he wrote. “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.” Dr. Luke added, “Kesha has denied under oath the horrible allegations now being made against me,” before linking to screenshots of media coverage of a 2011 testimony.
Kesha accused Dr. Luke of “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally [abusing her] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life” in an October 2014 complaint. At the time, she asked that any contracts she had with Dr. Luke be voided so she could move on with her career without “interference or harassment from [him].” On Friday, Kesha was denied a preliminary injunction to be released from the contract, which would have permitted her to record outside the umbrella of Dr. Luke, his record label Kemosabe Records, or its parent company, Sony Music.
In the wake of the decision, musicians and artists spoke out on Kesha’s behalf (and the hashtag #freekesha trended online). Kelly Clarkson, who worked with Dr. Luke on hits like “Since U Been Gone” and “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” tweeted Friday, “Trying 2 not say anything since I can’t say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke.” Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha in an effort to help her with “financial needs during this trying time.”
Here are all of Dr. Luke’s tweets, the first time he’s directly addressed the lawsuit or allegations publicly: