Kesha Sues Dr. Luke For Sexual Assault & Battery; Dr. Luke Sues Back

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Kesha Sues Dr. Luke For Sexual Assault & Battery; Dr. Luke Sues Back

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Kesha Sues Dr. Luke

Pop music recording artist Kesha is suing her producer, Dr. Luke, alleging that he was sexually, physically and verbally abusive towards her during their 10 years of working together.

The lawsuit, which was filed yesterday, claims the following according to TMZ:

Dr. Luke was abusive towards her almost from the get-go -- when she signed on with him at 18 -- and made repeated sexual advances toward her. She claims he would force her to use drugs and alcohol to remove her defenses.

In one instance, Kesha claims he forced her to snort something before getting on a plane … and during the trip he forced himself on her while she was drugged.

On another occasion, Kesha claims after forcing her to drink with him, Dr. Luke gave her what he called "sober pills." Kesha claims she woke up the following afternoon, naked in Dr. Luke's bed, sore, sick … and with no memory of how she got there.

Kesha is asking a judge to let her out of her contract with Luke. Her lawyer, Mark Geragos, says "This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for ten years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke."

Dr. Luke has responded with a counter suit, claiming defamation of character and breach of contract. His attorney, Christine Lepera has made the following statement:

"As set forth in the complaint that we have filed on behalf of Dr. Luke, Kesha and her mother are engaged in a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements about Dr. Luke to third parties, including scurrilous and false statements of purported physical and mental abuse of Kesha. The complaint explains that Kesha and her mother Pebe have wielded these defamatory statements in an attempt to extort Gottwald into releasing Kesha from her exclusive recording agreement with Dr. Luke."

Source: TMZ & ABC News.