The bitter ongoing legal fight between pop star Kesha and producer Dr. Luke has taken a shocking new turn with the singer’s number one fan being pulled into the battle.
According to legal documents obtained by ENTITY, the founder of the #FreeKesha movement, 19-year-old Michael Eisele, is set to be dragged through the courts.
Dr. Luke has filed papers in New York seeking court approval to fire off a subpoena to Eisele demanding he be grilled under oath and made to hand over various documents and communications.
That’s because Luke believes Kesha and her representatives encouraged and assisted the fan, from Sandy Hook, Connecticut, to spread defamatory lies about him in the hope of tarnishing the producer’s professional reputation and pressuring Sony Music to terminate its deal with him. Eisele had organized a “Free Kesha” rally outside Sony Music’s offices in New York.
This is the latest twist in a he-said-she-said fight of claims and counterclaims which has dragged on since 2014. That’s when Kesha sued Dr. Luke claiming he sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her and, as a result, she wanted out of her Sony contract in order to avoid having Dr. Luke as her producer. Dr. Luke countersued shortly after saying the accusations were defamatory and false. He also posted on Twitter, “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.”
A court denied the singer’s injunction to record new music apart from Sony and Dr. Luke while the lawsuits proceed through the courts and the impasse continues despite huge fan support in the form of public and online protests and petitions along with celebrity backing for Kesha from fellow stars including Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga.
Now comes this latest motion as Dr. Luke looks for evidence that Kesha may have coerced a devoted fan to protest on her behalf.
With hits like “Your Love Is My Drug,” “Tik Tok” and the anti-bullying anthem “We R Who We R,” Nashville-native Kesha Rose Sebert has had a big impact on the music scene. So too has Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, who produced both her albums and has also worked with the likes of Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus. His label, Kemosabe Records, is a subsidiary of Sony.
Kesha has played occasional concerts at universities while her recording career is on hold. She wrote last year, “All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract — it was never about getting a bigger, or a better, deal. This is about being free from my abuser.”
The legal battle continues with the latest shot being this March 8 filing in New York Supreme Court to subpoena the superfan.
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