Lady Gaga Has Been Subpoenaed in Dr. Luke’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Kesha
The saga of Dr. Luke’s alleged abuse against pop star Kesha continues. Kesha’s finally been allowed to record new music — her new album Rainbow is out August 11. But the producer, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald is suing Kesha, claiming she defamed him by accusing him publicly of abuse and sexual assault, continues. And today, Lady Gaga has received a subpoena to testify.
Despite Gaga supporting Kesha in the past, the subpoena comes from Dr. Luke’s team. In a statement, Gottwald’s counsel said:
“Dr. Luke’s counsel served a subpoena on Lady Gaga because she has relevant information regarding, among other things, false statements about Dr. Luke made to her by Kesha. This motion has become necessary because Dr. Luke’s counsel has not been able to obtain, despite repeated request, a deposition date from Lady Gaga.”
Gottwald’s team previously requested a written deposition from Gaga. Gaga complied, but her deposition redacted so much content, it was deemed unusable in the case. Instead, Gaga must sit for a 3-hour interview.
Gaga is unlikely to be the only celebrity to be deposed. Gottwald’s council’s statement added ““In connection with Dr. Luke’s defamation claims against Kesha, various third parties are being deposed by both sides, including celebrities.” However, other than Gaga, we have no knowledge of who else might be involved.
The case has been a particularly ugly one. This March, New York Judge Shirley Kornreich refused to allow Kesha to escape her contract with Gottwald. In her ruling, Judge Kornreich said “Gottwald’s allegedly abusive behavior was foreseeable.” Kesha dropped the lawsuit in August 2016.
It’s worth noting, however, that Judge Kornreich is married to an attorney whose firm represents Sony. Sony was the home of Gottwald’s label, Kemosabe Records. However, this April, Sony fired him from Kemosabe.
This is not Gottwald’s only defamation lawsuit spurred by Kesha’s accusations. In 2014, Gottwald filed suit against Mark Geragos, Kesha’s lawyer, for a comment on Twitter implying Dr. Luke had raped Lady Gaga. The comment was made shortly after a Howard Stern interview where Gaga had claimed a producer had raped her as a teenager. Geragos tweeted “Guess who the rapists [sic] was?” with a link to the Gaga story.
Guess who the rapists was? http://t.co/MTg0vSE3rr
— Mark Geragos (@markgeragos) December 2, 2014
However, both Gottwald and Gaga have explicitly denied that Gaga’s rapist was Gottwald.
The defamation suit against Geragos is still going ahead. However, Gottwald also previously filed two suits, in 2014 and 2016, against Kesha’s mother for claiming Gottwald raped her daughter. However, both of those suits were dropped this June.
Earlier this month, Kesha released her first single in five years, “Praying.” It is believed the song is about Gottwald.