Lukas “Dr. Luke” Gottwald’s lawyer, Jeffrey Movit, has subpoenaed Lady Gaga, requiring her to submit to a deposition. The subpoena comes as part of the ugly ongoing legal battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke which began in 2014.
In October of 2014, Kesha sued Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery, and asked the court to break her contract with the music producer. In 2015 she added Sony Music Entertainment to the suit, claiming that they turned a blind eye to the abuse.
Despite the support of many celebrities, and with general public opinion in her favour, in 2016 Kesha lost her all of her claims against Dr. Luke. She has been forced to remain contracted to his music label, Kemosabe Records, under Sony.
Dr. Luke retaliated back in 2014 by filing a counterclaim against Kesha for defamation and breach of contract.
It is for this suit that Lady Gaga has been subpoenaed. Dr. Luke’s legal team has accused Lady Gaga, a friend and staunch supporter of Kesha, of refusing to cooperate with the lawsuit. She has now been subpoenaed regarding alleged texts that Kesha sent her accusing Dr. Luke of rape and abuse.
According to TMZ, Lady Gaga has already handed over the text messages, but Dr. Luke’s legal team says that they’re “so heavily redacted [that they’re] incomprehensible.”
A representative for Lady Gaga has hit back at Dr. Luke and his legal team, explaining that the texts have been redacted because they address irrelevant “private matters”, and that Lady Gaga has been nothing but cooperative.
It was also said that, “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.”
After a five-year hiatus from music, Kesha released a new single and video this month. While she hasn’t had to work with Dr. Luke on her new album, she is still contractually obligated to release her music under his label.
About the ordeal she has experienced, and her new album, Kesha has said, “It’s from our darkest moments that we gain the most strength.”