Lady Gaga has caved to a demand from Dr. Luke that she appear in court for a deposition. A new report indicates that Gaga and her legal team have decided she “will appear for a deposition pursuant to [Dr. Luke’s] subpoena in this action during the month of September 2017.” Everyone involved in the case has agreed to set a date for the deposition by this Saturday. Gaga and her lawyers are also promising to re-release documents previously entered into the case.
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Kesha may be returning to music, but Dr. Luke isn’t done with her in the courtroom just yet. As part of his ongoing defamation case against the singer who accused him of sexual misconduct and abuse, Dr. Luke is trying to subpoena Lady Gaga for an intensive, three-hour deposition. Dr. Luke wants his lawyers to have a chance to grill Gaga after she responded to his request for her transcripts of text messages with Kesha by giving him heavily redacted version.
“Dr. Luke’s counsel served a subpoena on Lady Gaga because she has relevant information regarding, among other things, false statements about Dr. Luke made to her by Kesha,” Dr. Luke’s legal team said Saturday. “This motion has become necessary because Dr. Luke’s counsel has not been able to obtain, despite repeated request, a deposition date from Lady Gaga.”
Apparently, Gaga’s been ducking Dr. Luke and his lawyers about the deposition, and they’ve had enough. They want the judge in the case to mandate that Gaga show up for the questioning regarding her relationship with Kesha through the scandal. But Gaga claims to see right through the legal tactic from Dr. Luke.
After a drawn-out legal battle that saw several twists and turns, Kesha has finally returned to music. While she didn’t get her way in her case against alleged sexual assailant Dr. Luke, it looks like Kesha is ready to try the case in the court of public opinion.
“Praying” is the first track from of her new album, “Rainbow.” The piano ballad is a confessional full of her hopes for Dr. Luke now. Kesha sings to someone who “put me through hell,” saying she hopes whoever it is is praying and that his “soul is changing.” Kesha wrote about the new track and her journey at length in a new Lenny Letter.
“I have channeled my feelings of severe hopelessness and depression, I’ve overcome obstacles, and I have found strength in myself even when it felt out of reach,” she writes. “This song is about coming to feel empathy for someone else even if they hurt you or scare you.”
An official video dropped simultaneously with the track. It’s full of Kesha in evocative situations like fighting off pig men in a bed, being stranded at sea and praying at a few colorful altars. At the end, she goes full-on Christ-like as she heads towards a rainbow in the distance.
Watch the video and hear the track below.
(Photo credit: Kesha VEVO YouTube account)
Kesha’s mom, Pebe Sebert, is officially free of a nearly three-year battle with Dr. Luke. The infamous music producer dismissed his defamation claims against Pebe. A joint statement shared by both Dr. Luke and Kesha’s mom explains that because Pebe had no “firsthand personal knowledge” of the alleged rape, “all parties believe it is appropriate to dismiss” the defamation lawsuit at hand.
This could be the small victory Kesha was hoping for as Sony has cut ties with Dr. Luke. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report that the producer is no longer CEO of Kemosabe records in a move for Sony to distance itself during the legal battles between the producer and Kesha.
Kesha was dealt another loss in court this week when a New York judge denied her request to amend her charges against Dr. Luke. Kesha and her legal team filed a petition in January to add some new claims to her suit. Per a new report, the judge rejected several new claims Kesha was trying to add to her New York case against the producer and his company.