Dr. Luke has subpoenaed Lady Gaga to hand over text message conversations connected to Kesha legal battle
“In connection with Dr. Luke’s defamation claims against Kesha, various third parties are being deposed by both sides, including celebrities,” the mega-producer’s legal team said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “
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.”
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Dr. Luke filed documents demanding Gaga solidify a date for a deposition, according to TMZ.
In the documents, the producer is eager for Gaga to hand over her text messages between her and Kesha – conversations in which Kesha allegedly told Gaga she’d been abused by Luke, and imploring Gaga to join a ‘smear campaign against [Dr. Luke].'”
A representative for Gaga released a statement to PEOPLE: “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. 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.”
In 2014, the Kesha sued the Dr. Luke — alleging he drugged, raped and verbally, physically and emotionally abused her for years. Luke has vehemently denied the allegations and countersued for breach of contract and defamation.
“I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister,” he wrote on Twitter in February 2016. “It’s sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue.”
Kesha has been dealt a number of blows to her case against the producer and music exec: Last year, a judge dismissed her abuse claims; and in March, The Hollywood Reporter reported the same judge refused her attempt to amend counterclaims.
With plenty of celebrities coming to the pop star’s defense, Lady Gaga has remained loyal to her friend through thick and thin.
“I think that people should just know that there’s so much more than what meets the eye in a case like that,” Gaga, who has opened up about being raped when she was 19 by someone in the industry, told Carson Daly in 2016. “I feel like she’s being very publicly shamed for something that happens in the music industry all the time, to women and men. I just want to stand by her side because I can’t watch another woman that went through what I’ve been through suffer.”
Later adding, “I talk to her every day. I’m friends with her personally, and what I’m watching her go through is not only something I’ve been through but something that’s really devastating to witness. Somebody that has such a beautiful light within them, so much talent to give – just to see that light burn out because they feel that no one’s listening to them, I feel that it’s my responsibility to stand up for her when there’s a lot of people that are not listening to her plea for love, for people to have compassion and empathy.”
And the “Bad Romance” singer added she’ll stand with Kesha through the lawsuit.
“We’re going to shake the tree until that leaf that has Kesha on it falls. I care about her,” she said, comparing the music industry to other occupations. “In any other business, if you were to report that anything happened to you to the human resources department, it would be dealt with. But we don’t have a human resources department, we don’t have a union as artists, we’re just fighting for ourselves. If we don’t stick together, our voices just won’t be heard.”