Published Feb 15, 2017Pop star Kesha and her producer Dr. Luke have been embroiled in a lawsuit since 2014. The messy legal battle includes allegations that Dr. Luke abused Kesha sexually, physically and emotionally, and with both parties filing countersuits last month, things have further heated up with some newly leaked emails.
According to Page Six, Kesha has revealed emails from 2012 that suggest Dr. Luke was insensitive and abusive to the performer. Specifically, the emails suggest that Luke was not particularly kind about Kesha's much-publicized eating disorder.
In one of the leaked emails, Dr. Luke apparently said that "A list songwriters and producers are reluctant to give Kesha their songs because of her weight."
He later told Kesha's manager Monica Cornia that he was concerned about the star breaking a juice fast to eat turkey and drink Diet Coke. According to the leaked emails, Dr. Luke allegedly wrote, "We were having a discussion on how she can be more disciplined with her diet. there have been many times we have all witnessed her breaking her diet plan. this perticular [sic] time — it happened to be diet coke and turkey while on an all juice fast."
Cornia asked Luke to be more sensitive, saying she's "a human and not a machine." To that, Luke replied in an allegedly leaked email, "If she were a machine that would be way cool and we could do whatever we want."
Further, on the song "We R Who We R," Kesha wanted to change lyrics about being "in the club sipping bub" because she didn't enjoy going to the club. To that request, Dr. Luke is said to have replied, "I don't give a shit what you want. If you were smart you would go in and sing it."
Both Dr. Luke and Kesha are scheduled for a conference call with a judge next week.
UPDATE (02/16, 7 p.m. EST): Below is a statement from Dr. Luke's Lawyer, Christine Lepera.
"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."