Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald is defending himself against claims he sexually abused and intimidated pop star Kesha for as long as a decade, taking to Twitter to call the allegations “horrendous and untrue.”
On the heels of a court decision that barred the singer from voiding a contract to produce music with her alleged abuser, Gottwald told fans and his industry peers that the truth would prevail.
“Imagine if you or somebody you loved was publicly accused of a rape you knew they didn’t do. Imagine that,” he wrote.
“I have 3 sisters, a daughter, and a son with my girlfriend, and a feminist mom who raised me right,” he continued. “Kesha and I made a lot of songs together and it was often good but there were creative differences at times.”
Gottwald said he feels confident that “when this is over the lies will be exposed and the truth will prevail.”
The producer, known for monster hits like Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone,” also attacked Kesha’s attorney Mark Geragos, saying he also “represented Scott Peterson and Chris Brown. How can he pretend he cares about women’s rights?”
The social-media defense was made hours after reps for Gottwald released a lengthy statement questioning Kesha’s motives in attempting to dissolve her deal with the producer’s imprint at Sony Music.
“Kesha never reported any purported abuse or rape to any law enforcement authority, or even to Sony Music, and further swore under oath in another matter, while accompanied by her team of lawyers, that it never occurred,” the statement read.
“The goal of Kesha’s counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law.”
The court may have sided with Gottwald, but Kesha devotees and other powerful female voices in pop music are standing in her corner. Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga and Lorde have all made statements of support.