Kesha denied being raped by Dr. Luke under oath in a 2011 legal deposition, but the testimony has no standing in her current trial and would be inadmissible as evidence. Even so, low flying gossip sites are trying to make a big deal out of it, now.
Kesha and Luke were both defendants in a 2011 civil suit filed by another of the pop star’s ex-managers.
Among the allegations, the former manager claimed that Kesha and Luke were having sex. The issue was explored in-depth in a legally-binding deposition, which is basically pretrial testimony.
IM and other Web sites first reported on the deposition in October two years ago. As IM reported then, the deposition would be inadmissible in the current lawsuit between Kesha and Luke. Nothing since then has changed that.
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Although it appears damning for Kesha on its face–she clearly lied then, or she’s lying now–it is not what lawyers would call “dispositive.” That is, it would not legally be considered the final word on the matter.
Kesha would have the right in her lawsuit to offer fresh testimony about her relationship with Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald
In fact, in the earlier lawsuit, Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert initially revealed that Gottwald had plied Kesha with a date rape drug and had sex with her.
Her lawyer, Mark Gregaros, said at the time that she and her mother had been “coerced” by Luke.
“Luke walked Kesha down the beach and threatened to destroy Kesha’s life and the lives of her family if she didn’t cover up his sexual assaults,” he said.
“Unfortunately, protecting abusers out of fear happens all too often with battered women,” he added.
Part of Sebert’s video deposition is also included in the video. She denies knowing that Dr. Luke had sex with Kesha or slipped her a drug.
The deposition’s lack of legal standing, however, hasn’t stopped gossip sites like TMZ and GossipCop from milking it for headlines. The only difference is the release of her video testimony, apparently by Luke’s camp.
While it has no legal standing, circulation of the video is helping Luke score points in the court of public opinion. He maintained on Twitter today that he never sexually assaulted Kesha, or even had consensual sex with her.
Kesha was in court last Friday (Feb. 19) seeking an injunction to prevent Luke from working with her. She also wanted to release an album outside of Sony. The judge denied the motion citing contractual legalities.
The singer has also launched a petition drive that has so far netted more than 120,000 signatures supporting her demand.
A number of female pop stars including Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and New Zealand singer Lorde.
Lena Dunham, star of the HBO show “Girls,” has also written an essay on her blog supporting Kesha.
Check out the video below, first released on gossip site TMZ. Let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest development in the case.