Lady Gaga subpoenaed in Dr. Luke’s defamation suit against Kesha
In the latest development of a court case that has been active since 2014, Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald has subpoenaed Lady Gaga for a deposition in his defamation case against Kesha. Dr. Luke, the former CEO of Kesha’s record label, Kemosabe Records, countered Kesha’s lawsuit first filed in 2014 against the label head where the vocalist alleged that she had been the victim of “mental manipulation, emotional abuse, and sexual assault” under Dr. Luke’s guidance. Kesha’s case was later dropped, leading Dr. Luke’s defamation suit to become to central point of legal focus for both the singer and the producer.
According to a report from TMZ, Dr. Luke’s lawyers had subpoenaed the “Just Dance” singer in the past, when Gaga complied by offering to submit a written statement; Dr. Luke’s lawyers refused, hot in the pursuit of a declaration delivered by Gaga in person.
Dr. Luke’s subpoena of Lady Gaga is the product of Gaga’s text exchanges with Kesha, conversations that supposedly contain “…relevant information regarding, among other things, false statements about Dr. Luke made to her by Kesha,” as Dr. Luke’s lawyer remarked in a statement issued on Saturday. Gaga has demonstrated her support for Kesha on online platforms like Twitter, supporting the singer through her utilization of the #FreeKesha hashtag.
The Gaga camp did not dally in responding to the newly made subpoena. “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 accuse her of dodging reasonable requests,” said a representative for Gaga, referencing Dr. Luke’s claim that Lady Gaga has repeatedly failed to provide a deposition date despite Dr. Luke’s lawyer’s attempt to cement one.
As the legal battle proves to be a web that grows only further tangled, with Lady Gaga now in its snare, Kesha looks August 11th as the release date for her third studio album, Rainbow.