Entertainment May 23, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: Mark Geragos says he's not guilty of defamation because the comments he made are true.
Kesha’s former lawyer is doubling down on his claim that Dr. Luke raped Lady Gaga back in the day, arguing in court docs obtained by ENTITY that he can’t be sued for defamation because his statements were true.
In case you haven’t been following along, Kesha and Dr. Luke have been locked in a legal battle for years now. Kesha previously accused Dr. Luke of sexual harassment, sexual assault and battery among a host of other things. Dr. Luke fired back claiming Kesha has a vendetta against him and is simply trying to use her lawsuit to get out of her Sony recording contract. He filed his own countersuit against her for defamation.
In the middle of all of this, Kesha’s former lawyer, Mark Geragos — who represents a host of celebs and is famously suing the Fyre Fest creators right now — was dragged in, all thanks to a tweet about Lady Gaga.
Back in 2014, when Geragos was representing Kesha in her lawsuit against Dr. Luke, the big-wig lawyer tweeted “Guess who the rapists [sic] was?” in reference to Lady Gaga, who claimed on Howard Stern’s show she had been raped by a record producer years ago. Lady Gaga never named names in the interview.
One of Geragos’ 48,000 followers responded “Lukasz”, referring to Dr. Luke. Geragos replied #bingo.
Dr. Luke was, obviously, not thrilled with the accusation. He publicly denied raping Lady Gaga and then filed a lawsuit against Geragos for defamation among other things.
Geragos originally tried to get the suit thrown out but a judge allowed in to continue. So on May 19th Geragos had to file an official response — and doubled down on his Lady Gaga rape claim.
Specifically in his defense he states that the “statements complained of are true or substantially true, or the gist of the statements are true” and therefore do not fall under defamation. (He also posited several other defenses like free speech and protected opinion).
Lady Gaga herself addressed the Dr. Luke rape accusation back in December 2014, claiming it was absolutely not true. However, in February 2016, after Kesha suffered a setback in her case against Dr. Luke, Gaga notably tweeted out support for the star.
“There are people all over the world who love you,” Lady Gaga wrote to the singer. “And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.”
There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) February 19, 2016
Which is why Geragos’ defense is interesting. There are a myriad of reasons why, back in 2014, Gaga would want to keep the perpetrator of her sexual assault under wraps. For one, she may not want to relive the assault over and over again in the public eye and it’s simple to deny a claim when not under oath.
If this lawsuit continues however it’s quite possible Lady Gaga could be brought in for a deposition and will have to address the Dr. Luke rape accusations head on.
Making matters more complicated, in early 2017 text messages were introduced into the Dr. Luke / Kesha cases which allegedly show Kesha texting Lady Gaga about her own alleged rape and the rape of another female recording artist by Dr. Luke.
“Specifically, Kesha told Lady Gaga that ‘she [the other recording artist] was raped by the same man’ as Kesha,” state the court docs.
In other words there are a lot of rape accusations going on — and Lady Gaga is connected in two ways.
For his part, Dr. Luke has claimed on numerous occasions he never raped Kesha, Gaga or any other female recording artist.
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