Katy Perry denies Dr Luke raped her in deposition; producer calls Kesha's claims 'bogus'

Katy's claims had become pivotal to Luke’s defamation case against Kesha, who had claimed that the producer raped her and gave her drugs against her will.  


                            Katy Perry denies Dr Luke raped her in deposition; producer calls Kesha's claims 'bogus'

The highly redacted deposition of Katy Perry in the legal battle between producer Dr Luke and Kesha has been released and in it, she has revealed that she was not raped by producer Dr Luke. In the deposition dated July 21, 2017, the pop star also made it explicitly clear that she was not given a roofie by Luke, was never in a sexual or romantic relationship with him and has never told anyone – even jokingly – that the producer had raped her.  

Kesha had reportedly messaged Lady Gaga claiming that an unnamed record exec (later revealed to be Interscope Geffen A&M Records chairman and CEO John Janick) told her that Luke had also raped Perry. According to Billboard, Katy's claims had become pivotal to Luke’s defamation case against the ‘Tik Tok’ singer, who had claimed that the producer raped her and gave her drugs against her will.  

In Gaga’s own redacted deposition, she said that Janick told her and Kesha "he had heard a rumor" about Luke and Perry. Janick, however, denied this in his own deposition. Gaga said she wasn't sure if he used the word "rumor," and that she didn't "recall exactly the way he said it." "He said something like I heard he raped Katy, too,” she revealed when pressed for details.  

When asked if Janick said anything further on the subject of Luke and Perry, Gaga said, "He was there to be supportive to her, and I had a conversation with him and her about what we can do to speak with Sony about potentially maybe bringing her over to Interscope, and that I would look after her." 

It is understood that Gaga later expressed regret in dragging Katy into the legal battle between Kesha and Luke, and reprimanded the former for making their private conversation public.  

"Your legal team and Dr. Luke have taken my private text messages that have been the only conversation about Katy Perry getting raped by Dr. Luke and made it public," Gaga told Kesha, according to court documents. "This was a private conversation that you and your side and your team have made public. I would have never in a million years, in a million years made the fact that she got raped, if she got raped, public. Ever." 

Lady Gaga speaks onstage during the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV)
Lady Gaga speaks onstage during the 2018 MTV Movie And TV Awards at Barker Hangar on June 16, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for MTV)

In a statement released on Monday, Dr Luke’s legal team called Kesha’s initial accusation from 2014 a “bogus complaint,” part of “a ‘press plan’ and PR media blitz designed to create the maximum negative public pressure on Gottwald in order to get him to give in to her contract demands.” Luke’s legal team also presented emails allegedly exchanged between Kesha’s managers, Jack Rovner and Ken Levitan, and veteran music executive Irving Azoff. The emails apparently include a “privileged and confidential memorandum,” which advises Kesha’s team to offer “an exclusive to TMZ” “in order to achieve the maximum level of negative publicity for Person L.” 

K and L assumedly refer to Kesha and Luke respectively. “Our goal,” the alleged memorandum reads, “is to help extricate Client K from her current professional relationship with Person L by inciting a deluge of negative media attention and public pressure on the basis of the horrific personal abuses presented in the lawsuit.” 

In one of the mails Levitan urges Rovner, “Let’s battle [Gottwald] in the press. Take down his business.” Rovner allegedly writes, “I’m all for public execution,” while Azoff chimes in with “Get me in the mix. I will ruin him.”