Dr. Luke’s lawyer has blasted Kesha for including herself among victims of sex abuse following Lady Gaga’s moving Oscars performance.
The “Born This Way” superstar brought the likes of Oscar nominees Rachel McAdams and Kate Winslet to tears with her powerful rendition of Best Original Song contender “Til It Happens to You,” which she co-wrote with singer/songwriter Diane Warren for The Hunting Ground documentary, about sex attacks on U.S. college campuses.
Gaga was introduced by fellow sex abuse prevention campaigner, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, while she was joined onstage by a slew of sex assault survivors, who raised their fists in solidarity at the end of the emotional set.
The performance earned a standing ovation from the star-studded crowd at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater on Sunday, and Kesha was among those heaping praise on Gaga via social media.
“Thank u @ladygaga and VP @JoeBiden for bringing attention to sexual assault at the oscars,” she wrote. “it hit very close to my heart for obvious reasons [sic].”
thank u @ladygaga and VP @JoeBiden for bringing attention to sexual assault at the oscars. it hit very close to my heart for obvious reasons
The 28-year-old singer is currently embroiled in a legal battle against bosses at her record label Sony, requesting to be released from her contract due to allegedly suffering sexual abuse at the hands of producer Dr. Luke, who has fiercely denied her claims.
A New York judge recently refused Kesha’s motion, and as their court fight is ongoing, Dr. Luke’s lawyer did not appreciate the star including herself among the victims Gaga showed solidarity to at the Academy Awards.
The producer’s attorney, Christine Lepera, tells TMZ, “Ms. Sebert (Kesha), who in sworn videotaped testimony from 2011 stated that she had never been sexually abused or drugged by Dr. Luke, is neither a victim nor the appropriate person to be held up as an example for this important issue.”
Kesha, who is currently on vacation in Turks and Caicos, has yet to respond to Lepera’s statement, but she previously claimed she was forced into defending Luke in the 2011 deposition, during which she denied ever sleeping with the producer.
Lepera’s comments came hours after Gaga had personally sent a message to Kesha, revealing her Oscars performance was partly dedicated to her pal.
“@kesharose I’ll be thinking of u 2nite [sic],” Gaga wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon. “This is not over we’ll stand by u until you are free to live a HAPPY life. Everyone deserves that.”
.@kesharose I'll be thinking of u 2nite. This is not over we'll stand by u until you are free to live a HAPPY life. Everyone deserves that.