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Dr. Luke‘s defamation case against Kesha has hit another speed bump. Avril Lavigne and P!nk have signed affidavits to support Kesha and her case. Producer Dr. Luke is claiming that Kesha’s claims of abuse at his hands has cost him millions of dollars. The P!nk and Lavigne affidavits state that the two singer’s decision not to work with Dr. Luke again has nothing to do with Kesha.
In 2016, Kesha sued Dr. Luke — real name Lukasz Gottwald — and Sony Music for forcing her to work with her abuser. Kesha says Dr. Luke drugged and raped her when she was 18, and continued to abuse her throughout their working relationship. He was also the architect of Kesha’s “hard-drinking party girl” image, which was often used against her in negative press coverage.
In 2017, New York Judge Shirley Kornreich ruled that “Gottwald’s allegedly abusive behavior was foreseeable,” and refused to allow Kesha to escape her contract with him. This year, Dr. Luke filed a $50 million lawsuit, alleging that her allegations cost him millions in work opportunities — including the opportunity to work with Katy Perry. The lawsuit breaks the $50 million out as $29.9 million in producing and songwriting royalties, $10.2 million from working with Katy Perry and $8.7 million in music co-writing profits.
Kesha has filed a countersuit alleging that he can’t sue for potential earnings, as the future is unknowable. In April 2017, Dr. Luke was booted from his record label, Kemosabe Records, over the public backlash.
This April, both P!nk (real name Alecia Moore) and Avril Lavigne signed affidavits declaring their decisions to not work with Dr. Luke had nothing to do with Kesha. P!nk hasn’t worked with Dr. Luke since 2006, and Lavigne hadn’t worked with him since 2007.