“Trial by Twitter”

Dr. Luke breaks his silence on Kesha’s rape allegations

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Days after a New York court ruled that pop star Kesha would not be released from her contract with Sony and Dr. Luke, despite her claims that the producer sexually assaulted her, the mega-producer has taken to Twitter to defend himself. “Until now I haven’t commented on the lawsuits, which should be resolved in court not here on Twitter,” Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald tweeted. “It’s a shame that there’s so much speculation out there basing itself on so little information,” he added, before tweeting: “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.”

After the court ruling was announced, thousands of people expressed their support for Kesha on social media, and several celebrities — including  Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and Demi Lovato, came to the pop singer’s defense. Taylor Swift even donated $250,000 “to meet any of her financial needs.” In his tweets, Dr. Luke took aim at these high-profile supporters, saying they were “getting behind an allegation only — motivated by money.” He tweeted articles and screenshots of a deposition where the 28-year-old singer denied having been sexually assaulted by him, and criticized Kesha’s lawyer for “pretending to care about women’s rights” while also defending Scott Peterson and Chris Brown. His lawyer Christine Lepera also released a statement accusing the singer and her entourage of conducting a “trial by Twitter” and spreading “outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money.”

Read the full story at Reuters.

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