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Dr. Luke email shows criticism of Kesha's weight in legal case

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 01:34

Emails showing Dr. Luke criticizing Kesha's weight are introduced in the court battle between the music producer and musical artist Kesha. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.

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Singer Kesha has released a series of emails in which her producer Dr. Luke says that musicians were unwilling to give her their songs to perform because of her weight. The emails were part of a set of court documents filed this week amid the singer's case to get out of her recording contract. 29-year-old Kesha has been involved in a three-year battle to be released from a deal with Sony Music and pop hitmaker Dr. Luke. She has accused Dr. Luke - real name Lukasz Gottwald - of rape and emotional abuse during the early stages of her career. Dr. Luke has repeatedly denied the claims and has counter-sued for defamation. Documents filed in New York state court this week show a 2012 email chain between Kesha's manager and Dr. Luke... in which he chastised the singer for breaking her juice diet by drinking soda and eating turkey. Another email chain outlines a dispute between the singer and the producer over the lyrics of a song. But representatives for Dr. Luke say the documents don't show the full story. Kesha first filed a civil lawsuit in 2014 in Los Angeles against Dr. Luke with numerous allegations including that the producer's criticism of her appearance had caused her to develop bulimia. The "Tik Tok" singer later dropped the lawsuit in California but her lawyers said she would continue her case in New York to get out of her contract. A New York judge last year denied Kesha's bid to extricate herself from her recording contract, which sparked an emotional #FreeKesha campaign by the singer's fans on social media.

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Dr. Luke email shows criticism of Kesha's weight in legal case

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 01:34