Pop star Kesha sues producer Dr. Luke for sexual and emotional abuse

Pop star Kesha sues producer Dr. Luke for sexual and emotional abuse
A file photo of recording artist Kesha, arrives to the premiere of Planes: Fire & Rescue at the El Capitan Theater in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California on July 15, 2014.

LOS ANGELES - American pop star Kesha on Tuesday sued her producer Dr. Luke for allegedly abusing her sexually and emotionally for years, while threatening to harm her career.

She charged that the producer, real name Lukasz Gottwald, forced her to take drugs and drink alcohol so that he could abuse her sexually when she was under the influence, court documents show. Kesha, whose hits include Tik Tok and We R Who We R, signed with his Kemosabe label at 18.

The singer also said that she remembered waking up naked after Gottwald, 41, forced her to take some pills, but that she could not remember how she got where she awoke.

She also alleged that Gottwald's berating of her as overweight caused her bulimia. She has said publicly she went to rehabilitation for the eating disorder.

Kesha, 27, further alleged that her producer alienated her from her family when she moved to Los Angeles, and threatened to destroy her career if she reported these incidents.

Dr. Luke maintains that Kesha is sullying his name in an effort to cut short her contract. The producer's attorney, Christine Lepera, called the charges malicious lies.

He has co-written and produced hit songs such as Avril Lavigne's Girlfriend (2007) and Katy Perry's I Kissed A Girl (2008).

Kesha's attorney, Mark Geragos, said she is seeking damages, and that she is determined to regain control of her career and end professional ties to Dr. Luke.

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