Dr Luke sues Kesha lawyer Mark Geragos over Lady Gaga rape allegations

The producer is also suing Kesha for breach of contract and defamation

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Dr Luke is suing celebrity lawyer, Mark Geragos, for allegedly suggesting that he raped Lady Gaga, aged 19.

The producer is also seeking damages from Geragos over allegations his client Kesha made claiming that he “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her” – of which he has firmly denied. He has since filed a countersuit alleging defamation and breach of contract.

Earlier this month, Gaga told US talk show host Howard Stern that she was sexually assaulted as a teenager.

The pop star made the claim during a discussion about a controversial performance of her song Swine when Stern said the lyrics suggested she had been sexually assaulted by a record producer.

Stern suggested the singer had been abused, asking her: “Were you raped by a record producer? Was that what happened to you? […] I feel like you were raped by someone.”

The singer replied: “I went through some horrific things that I’m able to laugh [at] now, because I've gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years. My music has been wonderful for me.”

The singer added that she tried to block out the incident for years afterwards, but did not reveal the identity of the attacker.

Geragos later asked Twitter users to guess who Gaga’s rapist was. He is said to have responded to one user’s suggestion that it was “Lukasz” – Dr Luke’s real name Lukasz Gottwald – and wrote “#bingo”. This tweet has since been deleted.

Both Gaga’s publicist and Dr Luke have dismissed Geragos’ claims.

“This ridiculous, manufactured link between Lady Gaga and the Kesha-Dr. Luke lawsuit is utterly incomprehensible,” her spokesperson told E Online. “This simply isn't true and how dare someone take advantage of such a sensitive matter.”

The producer branded the claims “false and defamatory”.

 “Luke met Lady Gaga twice for less than half an hour total in those two meetings combined,” said a statement on behalf of Gottwald. “He has never been alone with her and never touched her. Neither meeting was in that time frame reported.”

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