Pebe Sebert also says Kesha has 30 songs written.

By Ariana Bacle
March 10, 2016 at 10:04 PM EST
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Kesha‘s mother, Pebe Sebert, details her daughter’s alleged struggles with producer Dr. Luke in a new interview with Billboard where she says Kesha “was a prisoner.”

“It was like someone who beats you every day and hangs you from a chain and then comes in and gives you a piece of bread,” Sebert told Billboard. “Luke would say, ‘You look nice today’ and send her into ­hysterics of happiness because she was programmed to expect nothing but abuse.”

Kesha is currently involved in a legal battle against Dr. Luke, who she claims emotionally and physically abused her during their time working together.

The singer alleges that Dr. Luke raped her after giving her what he called a “sober pill” at a 2005 party. “I wanted Kesha to come forward a long time ago and end this relationship with Dr. Luke immediately after the [alleged] rape,” Sebert said. (Dr. Luke denies these allegations, and tweeted in February, “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her.”) “But if she wanted to have a shot at the music business, she had no choice but [to work with him].”

Kesha released two albums, 2010’s Anima and 2012’s Warrior, with Dr. Luke. Aside from appearing on Pitbull’s “Timber” in 2013, Kesha hasn’t released new music since Warrior. She is trying to get out of her current contract so she can make music without Dr. Luke’s involvement. (Sebert says Kesha has 30 songs written.)

Although Sebert told Billboard that Kesha can work with another producer as long as Dr. Luke approves, Sony lawyer Scott Edelman recently told The New York Times that “Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement, or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha.”

Read Billboard‘s full story here.