Kesha defamed Dr Luke in Katy Perry rape claim text, judge rules

A judge has ruled Kesha defamed music producer Dr Luke when she sent a text to Lady Gaga claiming he had raped Katy Perry.

The singer was ordered to pay Lukasz “Dr Luke” Gottwald $374,000 (£289,000) during a hearing at New York’s Supreme Court.

The pop star, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, rose to fame in 2009 with Dr Luke-produced hits like Tik Tok and We R Who We R.

But then a court battle began between the pair in 2014 when Kesha accused him of sexually assaulting and emotionally abusing her.

He subsequently sued her in 2017 for defamation and breach of contract, claiming she made up the Perry rape allegations to strengthen her case and get out of contractual obligations.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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