Back in July 2017 Dr. Luke subpoenaed Lady Gaga for a deposition in his defamation case against Kesha, with his lawyer maintaining that the singer had “relevant information” about Kesha making false statements about Dr. Luke. It was reported that Dr. Luke was granted permission to view a text message Kesha sent to Lady Gaga that reportedly concerned Katy Perry.
That text message and its contents were unknown at the time, as they were sealed. But according to The Blast, which procured the documents, the text message included Kesha alleging to Gaga that Dr. Luke had raped Katy Perry. “‘Following this text message conversation, and with [Kesha’s] encouragement, [Lady Gaga] spread negative messages about [Luke] in the press and on social media,’” the court documents reportedly claim. The Blast writes that Perry was also deposed as part of the lawsuit but there are no details of what the deposition included.
Dr. Luke worked with Katy Perry on writing and producing songs for her first three albums, including hit songs “I Kissed A Girl” and “Teenage Dream,” to name just a few. She told The New York Times she didn’t work with him on her last record, Witness, because she “had to leave the nest.” In 2011 Page Six reported that Perry and Dr. Luke were on the verge of a falling out because Perry was getting bored of his records and didn’t want to be told what to do.
Update, 6:43 PM: In an emailed statement, Dr. Luke’s legal team writes:
Katy Perry herself confirmed that Dr. Luke did not rape her. Kesha’s accusation to the contrary - just like her other outrageous lies about Dr. Luke - is baseless and irresponsible, and it is disrespectful to both Katy Perry and Dr. Luke. In his defamation lawsuit against Kesha, Dr. Luke seeks damages for the harm caused by these malicious falsehoods.