Kesha’s producer Dr. Luke complains about her weight & diet in leaked emails (update)

Last year, Kesha suffered a series of legal setbacks while trying to escape from her contract with Sony under producer Dr. Luke. Kesha alleged that Dr. Luke mentally and physically abused her, drugged her and sexually assaulted her. Under the terms of her ongoing contract, Kesha was being made to continue working for Sony and her abuser, Dr. Luke. She’s continuing her court case in New York and has issued an appeal, although she has dropped a civil case in California against Dr. Luke. In new court papers, Kesha’s lawyer includes emails from Dr. Luke to Kesha’s manager in which Dr. Luke claims Kesha’s weight is a liability for her career, tries to complain about her breaking a juice fast, and is extremely petty about some lyric changes she suggests. Kesha has continued her career, but she’s had to make major changes to her music to avoid violating her contract with Sony.

A year after a Manhattan judge ruled that Kesha couldn’t walk away from her exclusive recording contract with Sony and Dr. Luke despite claims that he’d raped her and called her a “fat f–king refrigerator,” she’s asking the jurist to reconsider.

Kesha wants to “be free from her abuser and rebuild her physical, emotional, and mental health,” her attorney writes in court papers filed this week.

Dr. Luke has denied the claims.

But newly released emails between Dr. Luke and Kesha’s manager Monica Cornia give credence to the performer’s claims that the producer was heartless about her eating disorder.

“Nobody was calling anybody out,” Dr. Luke writes to Cornia at 2:11 a.m. on June 28, 2012, according to a copy of the email.

“We were having a discussion on how she can be more disciplined with her diet. there have been many times we have all witnessed her breaking her diet plan. this perticular [sic] time — it happened to be diet coke and turkey while on an all juice fast,” the producer gripes.

Cornia asks him to be more supportive because she’s “a human and not a machine,” then adds, “if she were a machine that would be way cool and we could do whatever we want.”

Dr. Luke also reveals in an earlier message that “A list songwriters and producers are reluctant to give Kesha their songs because of her weight.”

In a May 2012 email exchange between Cornia, Kesha and other managers, Cornia discusses a fight between the singer and her producer over lyrics for what would become her hot single “Crazy Kids.”

In one email, Cornia says Dr. Luke wanted the phrase, “You see us in the club sip sippin bub,” while Kesha preferred, “You see us in the streets we da we da freaks,” because she doesn’t go to clubs.

“I don’t give a s–t what you want. If you were smart you would go in and sing it,” Dr. Luke allegedly told Kesha, according to Cornia.

Cornia adds that Kesha tried to settle the spat with Dr. Luke, but “didn’t feel comfortable talking to him” in the studio.

“He refused to come downstairs (“she wears the pants in MY house?”) so we left,” Cornia writes, again quoting Dr. Luke.

[From Page Six]

So Dr. Luke is so controlling that he’s complaining to Kesha’s manager that she dared eat a little turkey and drink some diet Coke while she was on a juice fast. He’s so controlling that he considers it emasculating to let her change one single line in a song. He’s so controlling that he claims that Kesha isn’t getting work because of her weight. (Which is doubtful, he’s likely using that as an excuse.) Keep in mind that this isn’t just sh-t talk in the studio (which would be bad enough) he’s actually writing these things to Kesha’s manager. Last year it came out that the judge assigned to Kesha’s case, who threw out Kesha’s suit against Sony, is married to a lawyer for Sony. I hope that this appeal is successful for her and/or that another judge is put on the case. She’s gone through so much.

Update: Dr. Luke’s team has responded to these emails, and they claim that they’re taken out of context, are misleading and that Kesha was the one concerned about her weight. This is exactly how I would expect an abuser to respond.

Kesha and her attorneys continue to mislead by refusing to disclose the larger record of evidence showing the bad faith of Kesha Sebert and her representatives which is greatly damaging to them. It also shows the tremendous support that Dr. Luke provided Kesha regarding artistic and personal issues, including Kesha’s own concerns over her weight.

Rather than agree to a thorough disclosure, Kesha and her representatives improperly publicized, without Court permission, three out-of-context emails which do not present the full picture regarding the events they concern. For example, these emails do not show that the lyrics of “Crazy Kids” were, in fact, rewritten at Kesha’s request. Any claim by Kesha to the contrary is deceiving the public — just like her other meritless claims of wrongdoing by Dr. Luke.

Dr. Luke looks forward to full vindication in Court.

[From Huffington Post]



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  1. Sam says:

    The sad thing is Kesha isn’t the only popstar he’s done this to. Kelly Clarkson had the same complaints after her Breakaway album and no one believed her.

    He truly is a vile and disgusting human being. I’m glad Kesha brought the evidence to end him.

    • Dtab says:

      I know right…she signed a contract of work….not a contract to give her body and soul to this piece of garbage. She needs to be freed from this nightmare,

    • kimbers says:

      Didnt he work with britney on her 3rd cd? I dont know but it seems like he should not be around women at all….wish they would just let her go, but it’s an ego thing i guess..

  2. Nicole says:

    Free Kesha. Seriously let her live away from this monster

  3. Clare says:

    He is so vile, and it is disgusting that Sony etc continue to empower him.

  4. Louise177 says:

    I didn’t know that the judge was married to a Sony lawyer. She should have recused herself since that’s such a conflict of interest. I can’t believe, but do, that Luke actually said songwriters and producers won’t work with her because of her weight. She’s not rail thin but not close to being fat.

    • Maria says:

      actually, that part i can totally believe. Not saying that there is anything wrong with Keisha’s weight, but that the music industry is full of these expectations for young female singers….for sure.

      • Crox says:

        I was thinking the same thing. That it’s terrible, but I can believe it to be the case. This industry is brutal.

    • detritus says:

      He called her a refrigerator at one point and basically treated her body like his possession, a very disappointing possession.

      If you read some of the court documents, he is a scary abusive piece of work. He hates women, and he doesn’t even feel the urge to hide it.

      It’s just so sad because Kesha is a songwriter in her own right, she didn’t need this twat trying to make her into a stereotype.

  5. Lea says:

    How could anyone still work with him after these revelations… he’s disgusting!

    • nem says:

      music industry is full all predators rapists and abusers who are protected because of network and money .
      if one of them is put down , it s dangerous for the others,people who are afraid now would talk.
      here in france the so called artist david hamilton has comitted suicide when a well known former child victim accused him,and made other react.he wasn’t able to coerce them into retract , and feared justice and popular opinion.

  6. Greenieweenie says:

    Just so many layers of sexism here. So many. It makes me so angry that this describes a woman’s career in this day and age…no male artist would be subjected to this sort of scrutiny over his appearance.

  7. PettyRiperton says:

    Whether in music or acting the entertainment industry in general is full of disgusting creeps like this guy even though people know they’re creeps people still work with them.

  8. DianaB says:

    The sad thing about this is everywhere I have read this story, the comments are unbelievable heartless saying that’s not abuse and how she’s a crybaby and should just suck it up.

  9. nicegirl says:

    This is so not okay. What a bunch of crap. She is fighting the good fight – at least we can help her to know she is not alone.

    Free Kesha

  10. Pandy says:

    Wow she broke a juice fast to have a DC and a bit of turkey. Just sad that these are the hoops female performers have to jump through to get a shot.

  11. Kri says:

    That man is a perfect portrait of the putrid patriarchy. Go eff yourself ,Luke.

  12. hogtowngooner says:

    These emails are so sad to read. I didn’t follow the case very closely, but why couldn’t Sony simply assign a different producer to her? Surely he wasn’t the only one they had on their roster.

  13. Minxx says:

    This is sickening, I feel so bad for her.

  14. squee says:

    Of all the disgusting comments in those emails, the most disturbing has got to be ‘Wouldn’t it be great if she is, we could do whatever we want’

  15. newmansown says:

    How many more albums does Keyshia have to do before she is free of this a****** and Sony?