On July 21, 2017, Katy Perry (real name Katheryn Hudson) testified under oath in the New York Supreme Court that she had never been raped by Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald a.k.a Dr. Luke. Read her deposition here, one of dozens of documents in Kesha's lawsuit against the producer that were unsealed on Monday. Her testimony contradicts previously reported text messages from Kesha to Lady Gaga alleging that Gottwald had assaulted the singer. Kesha has sued Gottwald for alleged sexual assault and Gottwald has countersued for defamation, the case for which Perry testified.
In her testimony, Perry denies any sort of sexual relationship with Gottwald, consensual or otherwise, or ever claiming that he abused her. Kelly Clarkson was also subpoenaed in the defamation case – and while she says that she dislikes Gottwald due to "things that have gone down behind the scenes" and that "people have said he is sleazy," he adds the caveat that "He has never been sleazy around me."
Lady Gaga was also subpoenaed in Gottwald's defamation case, but her testimony is heavily redacted. Kesha's deposition from June 2017 was also released in which she reasserts several times that Dr Luke had raped and drugged her. When asked about why she believed the allegations she heard about Luke and Katy Perry, she said, "Dr. Luke has raped me, it is consistent with his character, and I have no reason not to believe it."
"There is nothing worse than abuse and sexual assault," Dr. Luke's representative said in a statement. "Dr. Luke supports any woman or man who seeks to address sexual abuse in the legal system. That is not what happened here. It is also horrendous to falsely accuse someone of a heinous act. That is what has happened here. Kesha's voluntarily dismissed rape claim has caused great harm to Dr. Luke, his family, and his businesses."
Representatives for Kesha and Katy Perry were not immediately available for comment.