Kesha Defamed Dr. Luke, Manhattan Supreme Court Rules

Things are not going well for Kesha in her ongoing court battle with Dr. Luke, her former producer. It turns out people don’t like it when you call them a rapist and it isn’t true. And when Kesha texted Lady GaGa to tell her Dr. Luke raped Katy Perry, that was defamation and Perry has sworn under oath that it isn’t true.

Page Six reported that a judge ruled against Kesha in the defamation suit Dr. Luke brought against her.

“Kesha made a false statement to Lady Gaga about Gottwald that was defamatory per se,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter wrote in a decision Thursday.

“There is no evidence whatsoever that Gottwald raped Katy Perry,” Schecter said.

“Moreover, publication of a false statement to even one person, here Lady Gaga, is sufficient to impose liability,” the judge said.

That’s pretty clear-cut even for someone who isn’t a lawyer to understand. The judge also refused to release her from her contract with Dr. Luke and added an interest payment of over $300,000 to the $1.3 million she owes him for royalties.

Still open is the question of Dr. Luke’s defamation lawsuit against Kesha for claiming he raped her. That is less cut and dry because obviously there’s no deposition of Kesha saying he never raped her, and will be determined by a jury trial at a later date. But things are not looking good for Kesha today.

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