Kesha is opening up about Dr. Luke for the first time since dropping her case against the controversial music figure in August of 2016.
Sitting down with the New York Times Magazine’s culture issue, the “True Colours” singer reveals some of the darkest moments of her years working alongside the Grammy-nominated pop producer.
In the months leading up to the release of her debut album “Animal”, Kesha says Dr. Luke slowly molded the singer into the party girl that dominated the radio waves. “Something that was always told to me is: ‘You’re fun. We’re going to capitalize on that,’” she told the New York Times. “I was like, ‘I am fun, but I’m a lot of other things.’ But Luke’s like: ‘No, you’re fun. That’s all you are for your first record.’”
And Dr. Luke’s “fun” and easy-going mantra extended well into the singer’s music too. Kesha pointed out Dr. Luke’s willingness to simplify the lyrics to her 2014 breakout hit “Tik Tok”. “I remember specifically him saying: ‘Make it more dumb. Make it more stupid. Make it more simple, just dumb,’” she said of the 2010 hit. “I was like, OK, ‘Boys try to touch my junk. Going to get crunk. Everybody getting drunk,’ or whatever, and he was like, ‘Perfect.’”
Kesha, who checked herself into rehab to treat an eating disorder in 2014, also echoed her mother’s previous claims, which accused Dr. Luke of pressuring the singer to lose weight. “I was under immense pressure to starve myself,” she reveals, before telling the New York Times that she nearly killed herself. “And I tried to and almost killed myself in the process.”
Dr. Luke’s legal team has since responded to the New York Times article, slamming Kesha’s claims in a statement released to JustJared on Wednesday evening.
“The New York Times Magazine profile piece that ran today unfortunately, has many inaccuracies,” a representative for Dr. Luke begins. “This article is part of a continuing coordinated press campaign by Kesha to mislead the public, mischaracterize what has transpired over the last two years, and gain unwarranted sympathy.”
The statement continues, insisting that Kesha “never intended to prove her claims. She has voluntarily withdrawn her California complaint, after having her counterclaims in New York for alleged abuse dismissed. Nevertheless, she continues to maliciously level false accusations in the press to attack our client.”
“The reality is that for well over two years, Kesha chose—and it was entirely her choice—not to provide her label with any music,” the producer’s legal team adds. “Kesha was always free to move forward with her music, and an album could have been released long ago had she done so. She exiled herself.”
The lengthy statement goes on to detail the issues between Kesha and her label as she attempts to move on from the assault case and return to the studio. “She provided 22 recordings created without any label consultation which were not in compliance with her contract, were in various stages of development, and which Kesha’s own team acknowledged needed work. Then, and for the last several months, the label has been in discussions with Kesha and her team to choose the best music, create additional music, and work on the tracks created.”