Lawyers for Dr. Luke are embroiled in a so-far unsuccessful attempt to depose Lady Gaga as part of the producer’s ongoing legal battle with Kesha.
Dr. Luke (whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald) is in the process of suing Kesha (a.k.a. Kesha Rose Sebert), claiming she made false accusations that he drugged and raped her while they worked together on her 2012 “Warrior” album.
According to the New York Post‘s “Page Six” column, Dr. Luke’s lawyers are ordering Lady Gaga (real name: Stefani Germanotta) to turn over texts that Gaga and Kesha sent each other in 2013, in which Kesha describes Dr. Luke as a “serial rapist” and details what she alleges happened to her.
Gaga’s lawyers complied, providing Dr. Luke’s legal team with copies of the those texts, but the latest court filing from Jeffrey Movit, lawyer for Dr. Luke, claims that what they received was a “heavily-redacted, four page spreadsheet of the text messages… One of the four pages was redacted in its entirety.”
In the filing, Movit complains that Gaga “has refused to remove the redactions, claiming that the redacted materials are irrelevant and address unspecified ‘private matters.’”
As a result, Dr. Luke’s lawyers have been working since March to get Gaga to sit for a deposition, but her lawyer says she’s unavailable “due [to her] demanding tour and filming schedule.”
And while Dr. Luke’s lawyer says he’s offered “to travel to the location of Ms. Germanotta’s tour and/or film shoot if necessary,” he claims that “Ms. Germanotta’s counsel continues to refuse to provide [him] with a date for her deposition and claims that Ms. Germanotta cannot appear for a deposition because she is commencing her world tour on Aug. 1, 2017.”
Movitt says he’s also promised to “limit the deposition to no more than three hours” and even offered to have her give the deposition in cities where she would be performing.
“Ms. Germanotta’s counsel nonetheless has not provided a deposition date,” Movit says, adding that he’s planning to ask a Manhattan judge to order Gaga to give a deposition.
“This motion has become necessary because Dr. Luke’s counsel has not been able to obtain, despite repeated request, a deposition date from Lady Gaga,” the lawyer notes.
“In connection with Dr. Luke’s defamation claims against Kesha, various third parties are being deposed by both sides, including celebrities,” the lawyer told . “Dr. Luke’s counsel served a subpoena on Lady Gaga because she has relevant information regarding, among other things, false statements about Dr. Luke made to her by Kesha. This motion has become necessary because Dr. Luke’s counsel has not been able to obtain, despite repeated request, a deposition date from Lady Gaga.” in a statement
Gaga’s lawyers have addressed the news in a statement published by Billboard. “As Lady Gaga’s legal team will present to the court, she has provided all of the relevant information in her possession and is at most an ancillary witness in this process,” the statement reads. “Dr. Luke’s team is attempting to manipulate the truth and draw press attention to their case by exaggerating Lady Gaga’s role and falsely accusing her of dodging reasonable requests.”