Dr. Luke Drops Defamation Lawsuit Against Kesha's Mother After She Walks Back Rape Allegation

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Dr. Luke has dropped his defamation lawsuit against Kesha's mother, who on Friday retracted allegations that the music producer raped her daughter.

Pebe Sebert retracted her earlier allegations in a joint statement with Dr. Luke — aka Lukasz Gottwald — in which she said she has no “firsthand knowledge of of the events occurring on the night of the alleged rape.”

“Pebe was not present that night,” according to the joint statement. “At that time, Pebe was in Nashville, and Kesha was in Los Angeles.”

Pebe Sebert photo at event in Beverly Hills.

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In addition, the statement said “Dr. Luke vigorously disputes and denies that he ever raped Kesha Sebert, and he is asserting claims of defamation in a New York court against Kesha Sebert for making statements to the contrary.”

Dr. Luke filed his lawsuit against Sebert in 2014 in Tennessee, two weeks after he filed a similar lawsuit against Kesha in New York.

In the complaint, Dr. Luke said he was suing Sebert because she participated in an orchestrated campaign to defame him. The campaign entailed “publishing false and shocking accusations” in an effort to extort him into letting Kesha out of her recording contract.

Dr. Luke said among the defaming accusations Sebert made were that he “date raped Kesha when she was 18” and that he abused her “both physically and mentally.”

Two months later, Sebert fired back, filing a countersuit against Dr. Luke accusing him of intentionally tormenting her and backing out of his promise to allow her to be Kesha’s songwriter.

Sebert also alleged Dr. Luke once restrained and detained her in a recording studio for three hours against her will. She dismissed those counterclaims last year.

Dr. Luke's legal team said with Sebert's case dismissed, “the totality of the fight will now be moving to New York,” where the record producer's ongoing lawsuit against Kesha for breach of contract continues.

Kesha's request to be released from her record contract with Dr. Luke has already been denied by the New York judge.

LINK: Kesha Drops Sex Assault Case Against Dr. Luke To Focus On Music Fight

LINK: Kesha’s Team Called Her Abusive And “Too Much To Handle” In Newly Released Emails

LINK: Dr. Luke And Sony Allow Kesha To Start Recording Again

Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/usnews.xml

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