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Kesha Forced to Pay Former Producer $373,000 in Lawsuit

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By Natalie Hunter

Amid the Harvey Weinstein New York trial, Kesha is being forced to pay $373,000 in her case to producer Dr. Luke. Kesha is one of the most significant members of the #MeToo movement. In 2014, Kesha sued her former producer Dr. Luke, also known as Lukasz Gottwald, for drugging and raping her. Soon after she sang the power ballad "Praying" that explored her journey of finding the strength to speak up about the assault. Dr. Luke is denying the allegations.

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Kesha began working under producer Dr. Luke when she was 18 years old in 2005. Kesha rapidly rose to success with her party anthems like "Tik Tok" and "Take it Off."

The most recent ruling in her court case against Dr. Luke has ordered her to pay him $373,000 for false accusations.

"There is no evidence whatsoever that [Gottwald] raped Katy Perry. Moreover, publication of a false statement to even one person, here Lady Gaga, is sufficient to impose liability," Judge Schecter ruled in documents obtained by ET.


Dr. Luke's legal team has spoken out since the ruling claiming that the recently made ruling is bringing him "justice" and clearing accusations that has caused "serious harm" to "his family and his business."

"Dr. Luke is pursuing this lawsuit to seek recovery for the serious harm Kesha's false accusations of rape have caused Dr. Luke, his family and his business. Today's important decision by the Court in Dr. Luke's lawsuit brings him closer to the justice that he seeks," his legal team said in a statement.

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"First, the Court has now ruled that Kesha made a false and defamatory accusation about Dr. Luke when she baselessly claimed that he raped Katy Perry. Second, the Court rejected Kesha's attempts to invoke legal technicalities to avoid responsibility for her statements. And third, the Court also correctly held that Kesha breached her contract with Dr. Luke's company," the statement continued. "Dr. Luke looks forward to the trial of his case where he will prove that Kesha's other false statements about him were equally false and defamatory."


The ruling made refers to Kesha claiming that Dr. Luke has also raped Katy Perry in a text that she sent to Lady Gaga. In 2017, Perry denied that Dr. Luke ever assaulted her.

According to PopCulture, Kesha and her legal team plan to fight back against the court's rulings.

"Judge Schecter issued rulings today on motions for summary judgment in the Dr. Luke litigation," Kesha's legal team said in a statement. "We disagree with the Court's rulings. We plan to immediately appeal."

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