Kesha is experiencing a career renaissance these days, but that doesn’t mean she’s putting her difficult past behind her just yet.
Back in 2014, Kesha accused famed producer Dr. Luke of sexual assault.
Despite suffering several legal setbacks and fears that going forward with the case might derail her career, the singer has remained adamant that her former mentor abused her physically and tormented her emotionally, and she’s steadfast in her belief justice will prevail.
Earlier this month, Kesha withdrew her lawsuit against Luke (real name, Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) in California, but she’s still pursuing a second suit in New York.
Knowing that the New York case likely represents their clients last chance to be vindicated in court, Kesha’s attorneys are doing everything in their power to put together an iron-clad argument against Gottwald.
And now, it looks like they’ll get an assist from evidence provided by one of Kesha’s famous friends.
Kesha’s legal team believes a text message conversation between the singer and longtime friend Lady Gaga could be the key to their case.
Gaga had previously provided a “heavily-redacted, four page spreadsheet of” text messages, but now, Radar Online is reporting that she has agreed to “produce un-redacted copies of certain of the documents that were previously produced in redacted form.”
The move could spell major trouble for Gottwald, whose lawyers previously cited the edited documents as evidence that both Gaga and Kesha have something to hide.
Now, Gaga’s team is firing back:
“Dr. Luke’s team is attempting to manipulate the truth and draw press attention to their case by exaggerating Lady Gaga’s role and falsely accusing her of dodging reasonable requests,” says a spokesman for the singer.
The spokesman goes on to downplay the singer’s role in the upcoming trial:
“She has provided all the relevant information in her possession and is at most an ancillary witness in this process."
A lawyer for Gaga echoes her PR team’s sentiments, saying that his client has always been happy to comply with any requests from the court:
“Lady Gaga has always been prepared to testify so long as reasonable limitations were established. That has now been accomplished," attorney Oryn Snyder says in a statement issued to Radar.
Gaga’s name was mentioned in connection with the case before it was even revealed that she may have evidence pertaining to Kesha’s claims.
Last year, Gaga defended Kesha against critics who accused her of trumping up the charges against Gottwald.
Prior to that, Gaga revealed that she was also raped by an older man who worked in the industry, but denied that the assailant was Dr. Luke.
We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.