Kesha Ordered to Pay Over $370,000 in Damages in Defamation Case

Written by on February 7, 2020

Judges have found that pop singer Ke$ha guilty of defamation of character and breach of contract in a lawsuit brought against her by her ex-producer Dr. Luke and previous record label KMI Music Group. As a result of this decision, Ke$ha is obligated to pay KMI “pre-judgment interest of $373,671.88.”

Ke$ha and Dr. Luke has been embattled in a series of lawsuits beginning in October of 2014 when the singer filed a civil suit against the superstar producer. Her case alleged that Luke was guilty of gender-based hate crimes and inflicting emotional distress on her. As the case developed, Ke$ha disclosed that Luke was guilty of sexually, physically and mentally abusing her during her time under contract working with him. Luke has denied all allegations brought against him, in turn filing his own lawsuit against her for defamation and breach of contract. 

The recent ruling by judges in the ongoing series of lawsuits is a marked setback for the pop singer in her series of lawsuits. Court documents show that the decision was made based upon a testimony provided by Katy Perry. The testimony conflicted with remarks Kesha had made to Lady Gaga, in which she claimed that Dr. Luke had raped Perry. Perry’s testimony in court “unequivocally denied” that any such events had occurred. In addition to being found guilty of defamation, the court also found Ke$ha guilty of breaching her contract with KMI Music Group. 

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