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Kesha says NY law bolsters her defense in legal battle with Dr. Luke

Kesha claims {that a} just lately strengthened free-speech law in New York bolsters her defense and counterclaims in opposition to music producer Dr. Luke in their bitter seven-year legal battle, new court docket papers present.

The pop star argues the November law — which was handed to curb fits introduced by the wealthy and highly effective who search to intimidate and stifle free speech — needs to be utilized as she fights 2017 defamation claims introduced in opposition to her by Dr. Luke over her sexual assault allegations, in line with papers her legal professionals filed in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom on Tuesday.

Luke — whose actual identify is Lukasz Gottwald — claimed the “Tik Tok” singer lied when she accused him of drugging and raping her and in addition of raping Katy Perry.

In February 2020, a choose discovered that Kesha — given identify Kesha Rose Sebert — in reality did defame Gottwald when she informed Girl Gaga about Perry in mild of the truth that Perry finally denied she was ever raped by Gottwald in a deposition.

Kesha has accused Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke of sexual assault.
Kesha had accused Lukasz Gottwald, aka Dr. Luke, of sexual assault.
Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Now, Kesha argues the brand new law needs to be utilized to the case and the choose’s prior rulings earlier than the case heads to trial in the autumn.

Kesha argues Gottwald should now show she made the statements “with precise malice” — the next legal commonplace than he would have in any other case confronted, in line with the brand new papers.

The artist can also be looking for counterclaims in opposition to Gottwald for compensatory and punitive damages for legal professionals’ charges she “incurred defending his baseless and malicious claims,” the court docket paperwork say.

Dr. Luke and Kesha appear together at the the 28th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in 2011.
Dr. Luke and Kesha seem collectively on the 28th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in 2011.
AP/Chris Pizzello

“Plaintiffs’ defamation claims clearly contain a matter of public concern, and if the jury finds that Kesha’s reporting of Dr. Luke’s sexual assault is truthful, it essentially follows that Dr. Luke introduced this lawsuit solely to harass and [intimidate] Kesha,” the court docket papers allege.

In 2016, Kesha dropped her California case in opposition to Dr. Luke for allegedly sexually and emotionally abusing her.

Legal professionals on either side didn’t instantly return requests for remark.

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