Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, is opening up about her daughter’s dire situation.
Billboard penned an essay summarizing Kesha’s well-documented legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, who she claims sexually, physically and emotionally abused her during their time working together beginning in 2005. The story centers around Pebe, a songwriter herself who spoke with the music giant at length several times over the phone from Nashville about Kesha’s current state. Kesha, Dr. Luke and sony declined interviews.
Pebe reaffirms the tragic detailing of a fallen star. Here are some of the quotes:
Dr. Luke’s manipulation: “It was like someone who beats you every day and hangs you from a chain and then comes in and gives you a piece of bread. Luke would say, ‘You look nice today,’ and send her into hysterics of happiness because she was programmed to expect nothing but abuse.”
Recording with Sony: “Kesha’s allowed to work with another producer (Sony confirms), but Luke gets to approve them. He gets to approve of anyone she works with. He has final say over everything.”
Taylor Swift’s donation: “It was really random,” says Pebe, who was notified about the offer via Swift’s publicist. “Kesha was like, ‘Are you sure it’s not some scammer?’ And then she said, ‘I would be honored if she wants to do that.'”
Regrets not coming clean sooner: “I wanted Kesha to come forward a long time ago and end this relationship with Dr. Luke immediately after the [alleged] rape, but if she wanted to have a shot at the music business, she had no choice but [to work with him].”
Recalls the night of Kesha’s rape: “[Kesha said,] Mom, I don’t know where I am. I think we had sex. I’m sore and sick. I don’t know where my clothes are. I think I need to go to the hospital.'” Then Kesha’s phone battery died. Pebe kept calling her daughter until Kesha called back from the hotel’s landline.
Dr. Luke wanted Kesha to sign with Britney Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph.
Desperation: “Kesha would tell me she was going to take her car to Mulholland and drive off the cliff. She was a little dramatic, but I never knew for sure.” One day Pebe says that Kesha reached her on the phone and said, “Dr. Luke just called me and I have 24 hours to fire my lawyer and my managers and go back with him. Anytime I get a contract, he’s going to come forward and basically say he owns me. What do I do?”
A sad memory: “I do remember her calling me from the plane telling me that she was so drunk, and [how] Dr. Luke came over and started making out with her and was all over her. She told me she felt terrible and was trying to get away from him and then vomited.”
Rising fame: “This is when Luke started getting really hateful. He saw her as a cash cow and started manipulating her all the time. She thought all her dreams were finally coming true, but this was just a f–ing trip to hell.”
The contract: “Dr. Luke basically owns Kesha until her death. He doesn’t have to give her any money and is under no time constraints. She can’t legally put any new music out, or he can and will sue her.”
Going public: “Kesha is so much better now. She wasn’t comfortable with having to do this, but I think she realized as this thing progressed that she can advocate for sexual abuse or other things. The fact that she is at peace with that has really been healing.”
Read the full interview here.