The case against Dr. Luke grows stronger.
Popular singer and songwriter Kesha today released a slew of emails as part of a prolonged legal battle with music producer Dr. Luke, aka Lukasz Gottwald.
The mails, between Dr. Luke and Kesha’s manager Monica Cornia, give even more credibility to Kesha’s claim that Dr. Luke was psychologically abusive and would incessantly taunt her about her weight.
According to Page Six, one particular communication finds Gottwald criticizing Kesha for breaking a juice cleanse and drinking a Diet Coke; another suggests that “A-list songwriters and producers” aren’t interested in working with her “because of her weight”.
This follows news from earlier this month that Dr. Luke is chasing $1.3 million dollars from Kesha in unpaid royalties.
It’s almost a year since Kesha was denied an injunction that would have sped up a trial in which the singer alleged that Gottwald sexually and mentally abused her, demanding that she be released early from her contract with his Sony imprint Kemosabe. [via A.V. Club]
Update, February 16: Dr. Luke’s lawyer has released a statement about the emails.
“Kesha and her attorneys continue to mislead by refusing to disclose the larger record of evidence showing the bad faith of Kesha Sebert and her representatives which is greatly damaging to them. It also shows the tremendous support that Dr. Luke provided Kesha regarding artistic and personal issues, including Kesha’s own concerns over her weight.
Rather than agree to a thorough disclosure, Kesha and her representatives improperly publicized, without Court permission, three out-of-context emails which do not present the full picture regarding the events they concern. For example, these emails do not show that the lyrics of “Crazy Kids” were, in fact, rewritten at Kesha’s request. Any claim by Kesha to the contrary is deceiving the public-just like her other meritless claims of wrongdoing by Dr. Luke.
Dr. Luke looks forward to full vindication in Court.”