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Kelly Clarkson Claims She Was ‘Blackmailed’ Into Working With Dr. Luke

If the rape allegations and subsequent behavior of Kemosabe Records producer, Dr Luke (born under the even douchier name Lukasz Gottwald), haven’t already convinced you of his status of poster child for rape culture, let the following abuse of Kelly Clarkson be proof of his distinction.

The producer, perhaps most well-known for his work with Clarkson on her 2009 hit “My Life Would Suck Without You” and 2004’s hit “Since U Been Gone,” has now had his blessed name dredged through the defaming mud again. Clarkson, who probably for fear of her own defamation suit, has shared little of her experiences with Dr. Luke, but she no longer works with him.

Coming as no surprise, Clarkson shared mountains of testimony on Gottwald’s character:

Unfortunately, that poor of character – I mean so many artists don’t like you, don’t like working with you – that’s not normal.

I’m not convinced yet. If being disliked by the many is a marker for your place on the normalcy spectrum, I might as well be a GOP frontrunner. Elaborating further, Clarkson indulged People on more evidence of his poor character:

He just lied a lot … I’ve run into a couple really bad situations. Musically, it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people and it makes the artist look bad…And he’s kind of difficult to work with, he’s kind of demeaning.

In defense, Gottwald would likely write a lengthy think piece for men’s rights website, Return of Kings, sharing how his abuse of women is only a symptom of his own lifetime oppression hereby absolving him of every one of his affronts to the human race. But he proves a little lazier than that. Representatives for Gottwald say that the two have worked together on a number of other occasions, and Clarkson has continued to reach out for ongoing collaboration. Clarkson denies Gottwald’s side of the story:

Even the last time I worked with him I only worked with him because literally I got blackmailed by my label. They were like, ‘We will not put your album out if you don’t do this.’

Haaaaaaaaaaa. What a world.

Clarkson further shared that her experiences and Kesha’s are not uncommon at all in her industry. Case and point of Dr Luke’s propagation of world unsafe for women.

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