Kesha Defamed Dr. Luke, According to Judge's Ruling
In an unsealed deposition from Kesha and Dr. Luke's legal battles, Katy Perry denied that the producer ever assaulted her.

Kesha sued Dr. Luke after she claimed that he raped her in 2014. However, the music producer filed a countersuit against the singer for defamation.

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The Tik Tok also claimed that Dr. Luke had raped singer Katy Perry in a text to Lady Gaga. On Thursday, the judge ruled in favor of Lukas “Dr. Luke” Gottwald.

Related: Kesha and Dr. Luke’s legal battles continue as Katy Perry denies claims that he ever assaulted her

According to court documents obtained by Variety, the judge claimed these allegations were false. Supreme Court judge Jennifer G. Schechter said, “Though Gottwald has sought publicity for his label, his music, and his artists — none of which are the subject of the defamation here — he never injected himself into the public debate about sexual assault or abuse of artists in the entertainment industry.”


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Adam Lambert, Max Martin, Lukasz “Dr Luke” Gottwald, and Ke$ha on stage at the 28th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on April 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.

The ruling continued, “The only reason Gottwald has any public connection to the issues raised in this lawsuit is because they were raised in this lawsuit. That cannot convert him into a limited public figure.”

Schechter also ruled, “Because Gottwald is not a public figure for purposes of determining the the constitutional protection afforded to statements by Kesha that he drugged, raped and sexually assaulted her, the actual malice standard is inapplicable.

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“[Katy] Perry unequivocally testified that Gottwald did not rape her. In response, Kesha has not raised a triable issue. There is no evidence whatsoever that Gottwald raped Katy Perry, or that Katy Perry, whose sworn testimony is unrefuted, must not be believed.”

The 32-year-old singer is also required to pay $374,000 to Dr. Luke for any damage caused due to the allegations. However, her legal team has reported, “Judge Schecter issued rulings today on motions for summary judgment in the Dr. Luke litigation. We disagree with the Court’s rulings. We plan to immediately appeal.”

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Kesha has not publicly responded to the ruling yet.


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