Kesha told Lady Gaga in 2016 that Kesha's former producer, Dr. Luke, raped her and Katy Perry, according to a recent legal filing.
Court documents from the ongoing legal battle between Kesha (full name Kesha Rose Sebert) and Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) revealed the allegation about Perry. The Blast first reported on the documents Wednesday, revealing that Perry and Gaga have both been deposed for the lawsuit.
Gottwald has produced hits for Perry and Kesha. Kesha sued Gottwald, allegeding he "sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [Kesha] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life," and he countersued Kesha and her mother for defamation and breach of contract, seeking $50 million in damages.
The text messages Kesha sent Gaga, and the text messages Gaga sent in response, were previously subpoenaed by Gottwald as part of his lawsuit, but New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich ordered the contents of the messages sealed.
The content of those messages, however, was referenced in a legal document filed by Gottwald’s lawyers in late May. The document, called a Bill of Particulars, details the facts that Gottwald relies on to support his claim that Kesha defamed him by allegedly falsely accused him of sexual assault.
"On February 26, 2016," the documents says, "[Kesha] sent a text message to [Gaga] which repeated [Kesha's] false claim that Gottwald raped her. In this text message, [Kesha] also falsely asserted that Gottwaldhad also raped [Perry]."
Following Kesha’s text message communication with Gaga, the document says, “and with [Kesha’s] encouragement, [Gaga] spread negative messages about Gottwald in the press and on social media.”
Representatives of Kesha, Perry, Gaga and Dr. Luke all declined to comment on Wednesday.
But a representative for Gaga told Rolling Stone in 2017 "She has provided all of the relevant information in her possession and is at most an ancillary witness in this process. Dr. Luke's team is attempting to manipulate the truth and draw press attention to their case by exaggerating Lady Gaga's role and falsely accusing her of dodging reasonable requests."
In the lead-up to a court hearing on the case in February 2016, a #FreeKesha social media campaign launched. Stars including Gaga, Taylor Swift and Adele came out in support of Kesha, and Kesha fans took to the streets and held rallies outside courtrooms and record company boardrooms, according to Rolling Stone.
"Nobody should ever be forced to work with their abuser," one fan told the magazine outside the headquarters of Sony, the multinational entertainment corporation that owns Gottwald's label, and by extension Kesha's music, during a protest. Other pro-Kesha protesters held signs saying "Free Kesha" and "Sony Supports Rape," while chanting "Dr. Luke is really wack/Kesha needs her freedom back."
Still, the first round of the legal fight was won by Gottwald, when Judge Kornreich in February 2016 denied Kesha's request to be released from the contracts before a jury ruling in her favor while the litigation wound its way through court.
The case is in discovery, after which the judge will decide whether it merits a jury trial.