A judge is demanding Kesha appear on the stand and explain her allegations against Dr. Luke under oath.
Kesha will come face to face with her alleged sexual abuser after she was subpoenaed for an on-camera deposition. Lawyers representing Dr. Luke will question the pop star about her sexual assault and rape claims against Luke at a New York City courthouse in June, reports the Daily Mail.
Kesha recently revealed she was offered the freedom to record outside of Dr. Luke and his label if she publicly apologized for accusing Luke of raping her. She refused, saying “I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie,” she wrote. “I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.”
A spokesperson for Dr. Luke released a statement in response to Kesha’s post. “The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims,” the statement said. “That’s because all the evidence — including Kesha’s own videotaped sworn testimony — show her allegations are false. The only thing Kesha is not free to do is to continue to lie about Dr. Luke through publicity stunts and outrageous smears, ignoring the fact that by her own free will she went to work and entered into new contracts with Dr. Luke years after this ‘incident’ supposedly happened. Her goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones. We look forward to our day in court holding Kesha accountable for her lies.”
Last month, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich, who denied Kesha an injunction to record music outside of Sony imprint label Kemosabe Records, ruled in favor of the defamed producer by dismissing all but one of Kesha’s counterclaims against him.
The judge examined Kesha’s allegations accusing Luke of drugging and raping her in 2005 as well as continual abuse in the years to follow. The judge ruled most of her discrimination claims can’t stand up in court because of “lack of jurisdiction,” THR reports.
New York law defines these allegations as “hate crimes,” but the judge decided the claims don’t constitute the label.
“Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime,” she wrote.