Kesha Sues Producer Dr. Luke, Claims Sexual, Physical, Verbal, Emotional Abuse: He Raped Me, Threatened My Family

Kesha is suing her producer Dr. Luke in order to get out of her contract with him after 10 years of alleged abuse. The famed producer has filed a countersuit. Credit: Barry King/FilmMagic; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Kesha is making some serious allegations against her producer Dr. Luke in a new lawsuit. The case was brought before a judge in the hopes that the “Timber” singer can get out of her contract with the famed producer. 

In the official documents obtained by Us Weekly on Oct. 14, Kesha, 27, claims Dr. Luke, 41, has been abusive toward her since she signed on with him at age 18. The singer, who entered rehab for an eating disorder in January, said her producer would force drugs and alcohol on her in an attempt to make sexual advances. 

Kesha cited one instance in which Dr. Luke allegedly gave her what he called “sober pills,” and the next afternoon she woke up naked in his bed “sore and sick with no memory of how she got there.” Following the incident, Dr. Luke reportedly took Kesha aside and “threatened that if she ever mentioned the rape to anyone, he would shut her career down, take away all her publishing and recording rights, and otherwise destroy not only her life but her entire family’s lives as well. He also threatened her and her family’s physical safety,” the lawsuit alleges. 

The documents also claim he was verbally abusive, insulting her weight and calling her a “fat f—king refrigerator,” which led to the singer’s eating disorder. One particularly disturbing allegation involved Dr. Luke “violently thrashing his arms at her” in his Malibu home before she escaped and was forced to run barefoot down the Pacific Coast Highway and hide in the mountains.

Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos tells Us Weekly that the lawsuit was an effort for the singer to take back her music career after 10 years working for her producer. 

“The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain,” Geragos says.

Dr. Luke has responded with a countersuit, claiming Kesha’s original documents were fabricated by her mother Pebe Sebert and the singer’s new management firm. The producer claims Kesha tried to extort him, showing him her lawsuit months ago and threatening to spread her “lies” if he didn’t release her from her contract. 

Dr. Luke’s lawyer Christine Lepera tells Us that Kesha’s lawsuit is part of “a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements.” The lawyer also claims that Kesha and her mother have admitted their statements are false.