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Kesha's Mother Speaks Out On Her Daughter's Experiences With Dr. Luke

"She was programmed to expect nothing but abuse."

Kesha and producer Dr. Luke are currently embroiled in one of the ugliest legal battles the entertainment world has seen in quite some time. After filing a lawsuit against Dr. Luke for repeated instances of abuse and sexual assault, Kesha is trying desperately to get out of her contract with her alleged rapist. Most recently, the singer was denied a preliminary ­injunction that would have allowed her to record music outside of her contract with Dr. Luke. However, Sony is reportedly willing to let her record new music without Dr. Lukes involvement.

Kesha's mother, Rosemary Patricia "Pebe" Sebert, is speaking out. In a new interview with Billboard, Sebert talks openly about her daughter's 10-year relationship with Dr. Luke.

"She was a prisoner," Sebert told the magazine. "It was like someone who beats you every day and hangs you from a chain and then comes in and gives you a piece of bread. Luke would say, 'You look nice today,' and send her into ­hysterics of happiness because she was programmed to expect nothing but abuse."

Sebert recalls the moment when she first knew something was wrong: following Nicky Hilton's birthday party in 2005, her daughter ignored several of her phone calls (which was out of the ordinary for her), only to call back later and tell Sebert that she'd woken up naked in what she suspected was Dr. Luke's hotel room.

"'Mom, I don't know where I am. I think we had sex. I'm sore and sick. I don't know where my clothes are. I think I need to go to the hospital,'" Serbert recalls Kesha saying.

In the end, Kesha was picked up by a friend, and opted not to go to the hospital. Because Kesha reported that she'd only had a couple of drinks and didn't black out until taking a "sober pill" given to her by Dr. Luke, Serbert suspected that she had been drugged.

"Looking back, I don't know why we didn't go to the police. Kesha told me not to do anything. She said, 'Mom, I just want to sing. I don't want to be a rape-case victim. I just want to get my music out.' I didn't follow my instincts," Serbert said.

Dr. Luke previously responded to the allegations against him via Twitter, claiming that Kesha was like his little sister and the feud between them is motivated by money.

"Imagine if you or somebody you loved was publicly accused of a rape you knew they didn't do," the Grammy-winning producer wrote. "It's sad that [Kesha] would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue. But I feel confident when this is over the lies will be exposed and the truth will prevail."

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