In October 2014, Kesha went to court with claims that her music producer — Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald — sexually assaulted her, drugged her, harassed her, partook in unfair business practices, and caused her to experience high levels of emotional distress.
She pressed charges against Dr. Luke — only for him to fire back with his own defamation suit.
Dr. Luke continually denies Kesha's claims, and after a judge dismissed Kesha’s request to get out of her exclusive recording contract under the producer last year, it seemed like Kesha's case was coming to a standstill.
But after a two year-long battle, horrifying instances of Dr. Luke's abuse are finally coming to light.
Emails between Dr. Luke and Kesha’s manager, Monica Cornia, were filed in court this week. The exchanges detail the intense body shaming and verbal abuse that Kesha endured.
In his emails, Dr. Luke attacked Kesha — an eating disorder survivor — for her weight.
Buzzfeed obtained and published the emails, which show Dr. Luke expressing his frustration with Kesha's commitment to her diet plan.
In an email dated June 28, 2012, he noted that Kesha cheated on her juice cleanse by drinking a Diet Coke.
"There have been many times we have all witnessed her breaking her diet plan," Dr. Luke wrote. "This perticular [sic] time, it happened to be diet coke and turkey while on an all juice fast."
Dr. Luke claimed that the top songwriters and producers didn't want to work with Kesha "because of her weight."
“We have seen it happen multiple times … almost every day," Dr. Luke continued. "It is also double concerning when the A list songwriters and producers are reluctant to give kesha their songs because of her weight.”
When Kesha's manager reminded Dr. Luke that Kesha is "a human and not a machine," the producer said that he wished Kesha was a machine because that meant they could do "whatever we want" with her.
The full Dr. Luke quote reads as follows.
"If she were a machine that would be way cool and we could do whatever we want."
These emails surfaced a year after a Manhattan judge ruled that Kesha couldn't break her contract under Dr. Luke, despite her claims that he raped her and called her a "fat fucking refrigerator."
But the abusive statements in Dr. Luke's emails align with what Kesha has been saying this entire time.
In new documents filed Tuesday, Kesha's legal team wrote that all she wants is to "be free from her abuser and rebuild her physical, emotional, and mental health."
Hopefully now the courts will reconsider her case, and Kesha will finally get the justice she deserves.
UPDATE 2/17/17, 10:00 am — Revelist received the following statement from Dr. Luke's Lawyer, Christine Lepera:
"Rather than agree to a thorough disclosure, Kesha and her representatives improperly publicized, without Court permission, three out-of-context emails which do not present the full picture regarding the events they concern. For example, these emails do not show that the lyrics of 'Crazy Kids' were, in fact, rewritten at Kesha's request. Any claim by Kesha to the contrary is deceiving the public-just like her other meritless claims of wrongdoing by Dr. Luke."
"Dr. Luke looks forward to full vindication in Court."