Kesha ordered to pay $373K in Dr. Luke defamation case

Kesha was ordered to pay Dr. Luke $373,000 on Thursday in the defamation case the music producer filed against the performer.

According to court documents, obtained by Entertainment Tonight (ET), Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Schecter ruled that Kesha defamed Dr. Luke when she sent a text message to Lady Gaga in 2016 claiming that the producer had raped Katy Perry.

Schecter cited a 2017 deposition in which Perry denied having ever been sexually assaulted by Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald.

“Perry unequivocally testified that Gottwald did not do so. In response, Kesha has not raised a triable issue. There is no evidence whatsoever that Gottwald raped Katy Perry or that Katy Perry, whose sworn testimony is unrefuted, must not be believed,” the court documents read.

The judge ruled that Kesha “made a false statement to Lady Gaga about Gottwald that was defamatory per se.”

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