In a matter of hours, it looks like the legal battle between Kesha and her longtime producer, Dr. Luke, has heated up.
Now, in response to Kesha’s (real name Kesha Rose Sebert) lawsuit which accuses the producer of abusing the signer, the producer has fired back, filing his own lawsuit against Kesha, her mother Pebe, and Kesha’s management, Vector Management.
In the complaint filed at the New York Supreme Court, the producer, real name Lukasz Gottwald, claims that the original lawsuit stems from a denial to amend Kesha’s longstanding record deal. The agreement with Gottwald states that Kesha was contracted for “at least six recordings.” From her record earnings, Gottwald would then receive a “specific” percentage of the sales from the albums he produced.
Gottwald then claimed that there was an amendment done to the contract previously, but that it might have not been what Kesha desired.
“As part of the effort to get out of the Gottwald Recording Agreement, Kesha and Pebe have also orchestrated a campaign of publishing false and shocking accusations against Gottwald to extort Plaintiffs into letting Kesha out of the Gottwald Recording Agreement” the complaint states.
As stated before, the counter-sue may not take aim directly at the legal papers filed by Kesha on Monday, but rather the steps that led to the the actual filing. Allegedly, Kesha’s mother, Pebe, wrote a letter last October that claimed abuse and threatened to send it to a blogger for publication.
Though Gottwald’s claim does not go into specifics about what it was, it does say that Kesha and her mother published statements about abuse that they admitted, themselves, were false.
Gottwald is now suing for defamation and breach of contract against Kesha and her mother. As for Vector Management, who were hired by the signer in 2013, he claims they are trying to get a bigger share of her record profits.
“It’s despicable thing of what he is doing,” Kesha’s attorney, Mark Geragos responded.
“It reminds me of Ray Rice threatening to sue his wife for ruining his career. [Dr. Luke] thinks that he has got more money than he knows what to do, he can do whatever he wants. Our complaint is accurate and supported by evidence and witnesses.”
Both the singer and the producer agree that this all began in 2005 when he signed her, but after that everything differs. Kesha claims that it began a one-sided relationship which resulted in abuse, rape, and manipulation. The producer, on the other hand, claims that he took a nobody and made her a platinum-selling somebody.