Lukasz Gottwald, better known as the producer Dr. Luke, issued a subpoena to Popstar Lady Gaga as part of the ongoing defamation lawsuit against Kesha. In the legal dispute, the Tik Tok singer accused him of sexual assault.
“In connection with Dr. Luke’s defamation claims against Kesha, various third parties are being deposed by both sides, including celebrities,” Dr. Luke’s legal representative said in a statement.
“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[s], a deposition date from Lady Gaga.”
But Gaga is fighting back. The legal team for the Bad Romance artist has responded with their own statement-
“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,” reads the statement.
The “Poker Face” singer is one of Kesha’s most vocal supporters, and stood by her during the initial legal battle where Kesha sued the producer, back in 2014.
Kasha accused Dr. Luke of “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally” abusing her, a New York judge eventually denying the singer an injunctive that would severe her professional ties to the record label head.
Following the legal loss, Gaga took to social media to issue a statement in support of Kesha.
“The very reason women don’t speak up for years is the fear that no one will believe them or their abuser has threatened their life or life of their loved ones/livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet and under control,” Gaga wrote in an Instagram post. “What happened to Kesha has happened to many female artists, including myself, and it will affect her for the rest of her life.”
“No one needs to validate Kesha,” she continued. “Why is victim always the ‘liar’? Why do we let people in a position of power get away with behaving inhumanely? These guys hide behind the legal system and it’s their litigious behavior that is precisely what they use to rape these girls. ‘Give me what I want or else I will come after you’ and they have all the money and the resources to do it.”
Last December, text messages that Kesha sent to Gaga in February 2016 were entered into evidence in the lawsuit.
The new subpoena regards a “heavily redacted” text conversation between the two pop-stars. Gaga has offered a written statement but Dr. Luke’s team wish to question her in person.