Singer-Songwriter Kesha Abused!

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Kesha accuses Dr. Luke of sex abuse, but he says she’s extorting him

updated 10:57 PM EDT, Tue October 14, 2014
Kesha proclaims she's a survivor on March 6 as she rejoins social media after two months in treatment for an eating disorder.
Kesha proclaims she’s a survivor on March 6 as she rejoins social media after two months in treatment for an eating disorder.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Kesha’s lawsuit claims Dr. Luke sexually, physically and verbally abused her
  • Dr. Luke’s lawsuit accuses Kesha of extorting him with false allegations of abuse
  • Kesha was 18 when she signed a recording deal with Dr. Luke in 2005
  • The singer’s suit demands she be released from her recording contract

Los Angeles (CNN) — Kesha and Dr. Luke exchanged harsh accusations in lawsuits filed by the singer and producer Tuesday.

Kesha’s civil complaint filed in Los Angeles claims that Dr. Luke sexually, physically and verbally abused her over the 10 years since he signed her as an 18-year-old artist.

Dr. Luke’s lawsuit filed hours later in New York contends Kesha made up “outrageous and untrue statements” to extort him into releasing her from her recording contract with his label.

Her lawsuit demands that she be paid damages for suffering he caused and that her contract with Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, be declared void because of the abuse.

Kesha, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, was “an intelligent, family-oriented, and joyful young woman” before Dr. Luke “showered her with promises of fame and fortune” and induced her to sign a contract with him in 2005, her lawsuit said.

Instead of living a life of Hollywood glamor, she “lived in a prison of his abuse,” the lawsuit said.

Her complaint accuses him of giving her a “date rape drug” that allowed him to sexually assault her while she was unconscious.

He allegedly used constant verbal insults — such as calling her “a fat f–king refrigerator” — “to make her feel completely worthless and maintain complete control over her life.”

The abuse didn’t end after her debut album sold more than a million copies in the United States in 2010, her complaint said.

“For the past 10 years, Dr. Luke has sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” her “to the point where Ms. Sebert nearly lost her life,” it said.

Kesha, 27, developed the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, which almost killed her, because of the continuous criticism about her weight by Dr. Luke, according to her complaint.

She entered a rehabilitation center to be treated for the disorder earlier this year, the lawsuit said.

Her doctors concluded that the “unrelenting emotional and psychological abuse” by Dr. Luke caused her to suffer “severe depression, post-traumatic stress, social isolation, and panic attacks.” Continuing contact with him “would be ‘life threatening,'” the lawsuit said.

Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos said her lawsuit “is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for 10 years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke.”

“The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain. Kesha is focused on moving her life and her career beyond this terrible time,” Geragos said.

Christine Lepera, the lawyer who filed the suit for Dr. Luke, said Kesha’s complaint “is nothing more than a continuation of her bad and offensive acts.”

“As set forth in the complaint that we have filed on behalf of Dr. Luke, Kesha and her mother are engaged in a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements about Dr. Luke to third parties, including scurrilous and false statements of purported physical and mental abuse of Kesha,” Lepera said.

“We are confident that Dr. Luke will prevail in all matters, and that our client will be awarded substantial damages for this malicious conduct,” Lepera said.

Geragos said the singer is ready to put the past behind her.

“This is just another pathetic and entirely predictable example of Dr. Luke’s continued abuse, and a misguided attempt to keep Kesha under his tyrannical control,” Geragos said. “This lawsuit has absolutely no basis in fact, the law or reality. Kesha is focused on reclaiming her voice and her freedom. She is determined to move on with her life and her career by putting this dark period behind her.”

(Original Article)

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Hey everyone,

I couldn’t sleep last night because I was up pretty late talking with my sister. We were talking about her journey and experience with domestic violence. It’s a difficult topic to discuss because my sister is a victim of DV and I saw and felt her experiences that ranged from emotional, physical, and legal. Her journey impacted our entire family and I too was greatly effected as I was uprooted from my independent life. I was fresh out of college and became a mom to my nephew overnight while my sister was hospitalized. Even though I didn’t experienced the physical abuse, the slaps and the bruises, nor did I ever have to endure the verbal assaults, or venture the pains of her emotional terrors, I became a victim of her abuse. So was my nephew and my mother. It shots ripples through our family. It complicated things on a lot of levels. It was confusing on a lot of levels and extremely frustrating. I can go on and on. BUT absolutely non of this was my sister’s fault. I’ve never blamed her for any of it. It is NEVER the victim’s fault.

So I want to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month on my blog. This October we morn “those who have died because of domestic violence, celebrating those who have survived, and connecting those who work to end violence” (www.ncadv.org).

For more information on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, please visit the link below.

http://www.ncadv.org/takeaction/DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth.php

A Quick Random Update!

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Hi everyone!

I just thought I would write a quick update on what’s been going on in my life. Lot’s of exciting things!

Since reuniting with my boyfriend we have made plans to travel around the US for a little while after we get his apartment moved out by the end of this month. I’m looking forward to seeing some beautiful scenery and spending time with my second half. I will definitely be posting about my travels so stay tuned!

I’m missing my sister and my nephew terribly, I have to say I’m still getting used to not tucking my nephew in at night or working out with my sister in the morning. My routine has drastically changed. All good changes though, I’m just adjusting to them. Maybe now my boyfriend and I can finally get around to watching the TV show Game of Thrones!!! I’ve been waiting forever to start it! :D

So, the apartment. I found a nice couple in the complex who just became parents whom I donated our dressers too. Super excited to have been able to help this new family out while we go through our move out process! We also sold our couch to an older gentleman a few floors below us, but it was super strange because my boyfriend told me that the man had two couch sets there already… why would you need so many? Random! I’m glad to see it gone though. Most of the large stuff is out, but I think we might hold onto the bed a little while longer :lol:

Ok everyone that’s about all I have time to write at the moment. I’ve got work to do!

xoxo

Michelle