Kesha and Dr. Luke Settle Defamation Lawsuit After Nearly a Decade

Kesha first accused Dr. Luke of assaulting her in 2014

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BY Kaelen BellPublished Jun 22, 2023

Kesha and Dr. Luke have settled their longstanding defamation lawsuit, which was filed by Luke in 2014 after Kesha accused the producer of assaulting her. 

The artists have released a joint statement announcing the resolution: 

Kesha and Dr. Luke have agreed to a resolution of the lawsuit, and have agreed to issue and post a joint statement regarding that resolution. In resolution of that lawsuit, Kesha and Dr. Luke each state the following.


"Only God knows what happened that night. As I have always said, I cannot recount everything that happened. I am looking forward to closing the door on this chapter of my life and beginning a new one. I wish nothing but peace to all parties in involved."
- Kesha

"While I appreciate Kesha again acknowledging that she cannot recount what happened that night in 2005. I am absolutely certain that nothing happened. I never drugged or assaulted her and would never do that to anyone. For the sake of my family, I have vigorously fought to clear my name for nearly 10 years. It is time for me to put this difficult matter behind me and move on with my life. I wish Kesha well."
- Dr. Luke

Earlier this month, New York's Court of Appeals ruled that Dr. Luke (née Lukasz Gottwald) would be legally considered a "public figure," meaning that he would have needed to prove that Kesha (born Kesha Rose Sebert) acted with "actual malice" when she made her allegations. That decision is now null.

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