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Judge Rules Kesha Defamed Dr. Luke by Claiming He Raped Katy Perry

Kesha has been in the middle of a legal battle with Dr. Luke for years now and he just scored a victory in his case against her.

Dr. Luke sued Kesha for defamation over a claim she made that he raped Katy Perry while texting with Lady Gaga.

Katy was deposed and she denied that she was ever raped by Dr. Luke. Now, a judge has ruled that Kesha defamed the music producer because of the publication of this text message.

“Kesha made a false statement to Lady Gaga about Gottwald that was defamatory per se,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter wrote in a decision Thursday (via Page Six). “There is no evidence whatsoever that Gottwald raped Katy Perry. Moreover, publication of a false statement to even one person, here Lady Gaga, is sufficient to impose liability.”

A jury must now decide at trial if Kesha defamed Dr. Luke.

The judge also ordered Kesha to pay Dr. Luke over $373,000 in interest because she was late in her payment of $1.3 million in royalties to the producer. Her counterclaim that served as her request to be released from a contract with his record company was rejected.

“Dr. Luke is pursuing this lawsuit to seek recovery for the serious harm Kesha’s false accusations of rape have caused Dr. Luke, his family and his business,” his lawyer Christine Lepera said in a statement. “Dr. Luke looks forward to the trial of his case where he will prove that Kesha’s other false statements about him were equally false and defamatory.”

Kesha had previously sued Dr. Luke for alleged sexual and emotional abuse, but she dropped her case.

Dan Reynolds Asks for Dr. Luke Boycott, Demands Kesha Lawsuit Dropped

Dan Reynolds is speaking out about the ongoing legal battle between producer Dr. Luke and Kesha.

The 32-year-old Imagine Dragons frontman voiced his support of the 32-year-old “We R Who We R” singer on a tweet on Thursday (October 10).

“I pledge to never work with Dr. Luke unless he drops his lawsuit against @KeshaRose and releases her of any contracts she has with him (publishing etc). I ask all artists in our industry to make this same pledge. Please tweet about it and tag #boycottdrluke #FreeKesha,” he wrote.

READ MORE: Dr. Luke Responds to Lady Gaga’s Deposition in Kesha Legal Battle

For more about the original lawsuit, click here.

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Katy Perry & Co-Defendants Owe $2.78 Million in 'Dark Horse' Lawsuit

Katy Perry was sued for copyright infringement over her song “Dark Horse” and a jury decided that she and her co-defendants had copied the song from Flame‘s “Joyful Noise.”

Now, Katy, producer Dr. Luke, record label Capitol Records, and others are on the hook for a combined $2.78 million in damages, according to THR.

The bulk of the money will come from Capitol Records and Katy owes just over half a million dollars. The money will go to songwriter Marcus Gray and his co-plaintiffs.

Katy‘s lawyers have filed a motion for the judge “to rule that no reasonable jury could find copyright infringement based on the evidence presented at trial,” which could eliminate the damages.

Dr. Luke Responds to Lady Gaga's Deposition in Kesha Legal Battle

Dr. Luke is responding to Lady Gaga‘s deposition in his ongoing legal battle with Kesha, which was just unsealed this week.

The 45-year-old producer’s lawyer issued a statement to The Blast on Wednesday (January 30).

“Being passionate about a topic that concerns us all is admirable. However, Lady Gaga has no knowledge of what happened on the night at issue because she was not there. Kesha got kicked out of a party after drinking too much and vomiting. As an act of kindness, Dr. Luke offered to allow her to sleep in his hotel suite, a few blocks away. Kesha slept on the bed in the hotel suite, while Dr. Luke separately slept on the couch. Dr. Luke testified under oath that he did not have any contact with Kesha. Kesha herself admitted under oath that she has absolutely no memory of Dr. Luke even being in the hotel room,” the statement reads.

Kesha has no memory of Dr. Luke engaging in inappropriate contact with her because it did not happen.”

“She told me he assaulted her…when men assault women, they don’t invite people over to watch. And when this happens in this industry, it is kept extremely secret, and it is compounded by contracts and manipulative power scenarios that actually include this very situation that we are all in right now,” Gaga said in her deposition.

Click here to see more from her deposition.

Lady Gaga's Deposition In Support of Kesha is The Most Powerful Thing You'll Read in a Long Time

Lady Gaga was deposed as part of Kesha‘s legal battle with Dr. Luke and the things that she said in support of the singer are so incredibly powerful. The deposition happened in September 2017, but the court documents were just unsealed.

While we’re not going to go into specifics of what Gaga discussed in regards to her meetings with Kesha, there was a powerful moment after Luke‘s lawyer asked her about “personal knowledge or information as to any interaction between him and Ms. Sebert, physical or otherwise.” What Gaga said applies to all sexual assault victims and shows the compassion she has for all of the survivors out there.

“Yes, I do have knowledge,” Gaga replied (via The Blast). “She told me he assaulted her.”

After the lawyer asked if she knew anything other than what Kesha told her, Gaga said, “Well, you know – when men assault women, they don’t invite people over to watch. And when this happens in this industry, it is kept extremely secret, and it is compounded by contracts and manipulative power scenarios that actually include this very situation that we are all in right now.”

Luke‘s lawyer then said, “But, again, there are people that are falsely accused of rape, aren’t there? You think there has never been a false accusation of rape?”

Click inside to read what Gaga said in response to this… More Here! »

Lady Gaga Reaches Out to Katy Perry After Calling Her 'Mean' in Text Messages to Kesha Amid Dr. Luke Legal Battle

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry are reaching out to each other.

After text messages from early 2016 that were sent between Kesha and Gaga regarding Katy‘s refusal to speak out regarding Kesha‘s accusations made against Dr. Luke were released via court documents on Friday (November 30), the “Born This Way” singer is now addressing those messages.

“@katyperry & I have grown up in the industry together. We’ve gone through both celebrations & differences w/ each other. These are old texts. We’ve matured, gotten over the past, love each other & share deep respect. Katy is my friend and is truly a kind soul. End of story,” wrote Gaga.

“Love you too friend. Onward and upward,” responded Katy.

In the newly surfaced text messages, Kesha discussed Katy with Gaga: “was crying a lot today and needed my mom. I’m really upset with Katy Perry…she could bring the whole thing to a head but she won’t,” she wrote.

“She is probably really afraid to lose everything. U are really strong standing up to him, she’s not as strong as u yet,” Gaga replied.

“your [sic] right. I need to find sympathy and empathy for her. she’s so mean. it’s hard,” wrote Kesha.

“Do u want me to see if I can talk to her. I know she’s mean. … She makes me angry about s–t [but] I just try to have empathy for her,” replied Gaga.

Dr. Luke has maintained his innocence and has decried Kesha‘s “repeated efforts to manufacture facts” in a recent statement on Thursday (November 29).

For more from the original text exchange that surfaced in court, head to

Katy Perry Says She Was Not Raped by Dr. Luke

Katy Perry‘s deposition for the lawsuit between Dr. Luke and Kesha has been released.

In the deposition, the singer says she was never raped by Dr. Luke, that he never gave her a roofie, that she never had a sexual or romantic relationship with the producer, and that she never told anyone that she was raped by him, even as a joke, according to Billboard.

Katy also said she was aware that Kesha claimed that she was raped by Luke.

Dr. Luke‘s legal team released a statement after the deposition was made public.

“The false narrative Kesha created about being raped became widely accepted, damaging Dr. Luke‘s reputation irreparably. Compounding this malicious act, in 2016, Kesha told Lady Gaga that Dr. Luke raped Katy Perry, which is outrageous and untrue,” the legal team said. “Katy Perry testified under oath in this case that Dr. Luke never raped her. Regardless, Kesha refused to apologize. Instead, she issued a press release which again irresponsibly suggested that Katy Perry was actually raped by Dr. Luke. It seems that Kesha wanted to perpetuate the falsehood that Dr. Luke raped Katy Perry.”