An unsealed deposition has revealed that Katy Perry shot down the rumour making rounds that she was raped by Dr. Luke.
In case you missed how the rumour started: following Dr. Luke’s $50 million defamation suit against Kesha, an unredacted copy of a previously undisclosed text message between Kesha and Lady Gaga showed how the former claimed that Luke had raped Perry.
The messages reportedly were sent by Kesha to Gaga on Feb. 26, 2016.
Katy Perry, who worked with Luke on songs such as “I Kissed a Girl” and “Roar,” has never publicly accused Luke of rape. And yesterday, in a deposition unsealed on Monday, Perry set the records straight about her relationship with Luke.
According to Variety, the document was released as part of the producer’s defamation suit against Kesha, who also accused him of raping her. Luke’s attorneys also have accused Kesha of circulating an allegation that he raped Perry.
See the excerpt of the deposition below:
“Did Dr. Luke ever rape you?” an attorney asked.
“No,” Perry replied.
“Did Dr. Luke ever sexually assault you?”
“Did he ever give you a roofie?”
“Did you have a sexual relationship with Dr. Luke at all?”
“A romantic relationship?”
A separate deposition of Lady Gaga was also partially released on Monday, in which she discussed hearing the rumour from John Janick, the CEO and chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records. Lady Gaga said she was with Kesha at the time, and Janick was showing support for Kesha.
Meanwhile, Dr. Luke’s attorneys issued a statement on Monday saying that the publicity campaign against their client largely succeeded. “The false narrative Kesha created about being raped became widely accepted, damaging Dr. Luke’s reputation irreparably,” his attorneys stated. “There is nothing worse than abuse and sexual assault. Dr. Luke supports any woman or man who seeks to address sexual abuse in the legal system. That is not what happened here. It is also horrendous to falsely accuse someone of a heinous act.”
And reacting to this, Kesha’s attorneys said that Dr. Luke had taken his litigation strategy “straight out of the blame-the-victim playbook.” They said that Kesha never claimed any independent knowledge of whether Dr. Luke in fact raped Katy Perry, adding that it is frivolous for him to sue her for defamation based on a comment in a private text message.
They also highlighted quotations from depositions of Kesha and her mother, in support of her claim that Dr. Luke did in fact rape Kesha in 2005.
“Contrary to Dr. Luke’s Legal Team’s assertion that today’s evidentiary record reveals something Kesha doesn’t want the public to see, Kesha has consistently requested that the evidence in the case be unsealed, while Dr. Luke has fought vigorously to keep the evidence from seeing the light of day,” her attorneys said. “Kesha looks forward to defeating Dr. Luke’s meritless $40+ million damage claims at summary judgment or trial.”
We can’t wait to see how this pans out.