Dr. Luke is lashing out at Kesha’s supporters through his attorney, claiming he is facing a “trial by Twitter” over allegations he raped the singer.
Dr. Luke, who is 42, is one of the most famous producers in the music business. His career started kicked off in 1997 when he was made the lead guitarist for the Saturday Night Live house band, and he rose to prominence producing remixes for Bon Jovi and Gravediggaz, to name a few artists. His breakout was in 2004 when he produced the Kelly Clarkson hit single “Since U Been Gone.” that would place her in contact with Dr. Luke, who she accused of raping and manipulating her, according to a Reuters report.
The allegations have prompted Taylor Swift to donate $250,000 to Kesha, and other singers like Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, and Ariana Grande have posted messages of support on social media under the hashtag #FreeKesha.
A New York judge ruled on Friday that the 28-year-old singer couldn’t be released from her contract at Sony despite the 2014 sexual assault lawsuit, sparking outrage among her supporters.
But Dr. Luke’s attorney, Christine Lepera, said Kesha’s allegations of rape and emotional abuse are unfounded, and that Dr. Luke was a victim of a “smear campaign.” Dr. Luke countersued in 2014. So far the cases are awaiting trial.
Kesha, formerly known as Ke$ha, rose to prominence as a singer in early 2009 after appearing on Flo Rida’s single “Right Round,” which went to the top of the charts. She found success with her albums Animal and Cannibal, and had two number-one hits in “Tik Tok” and “We R Who We R.” She had a number of top-ten singles as well.