Kesha's mother drops counterclaims against Dr. Luke
UPDATE: Alex Little, lawyer for Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert, issued the following statement to EW:
“The litigation with Dr. Luke has been a nightmare for Mrs. Sebert and her family. She has decided to move on and find peace and forgiveness in her heart rather than dwelling in the cancerous past of an ongoing lawsuit with no end in sight.”
EARLIER: Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert, has dropped her counterclaims against Lukasz Gottwald, otherwise known as Dr. Luke.
The news comes only three weeks after a New York Supreme Court Judge threw out Kesha’s claims against Gottwald and Sony, in which Kesha accused the record producer of sexual and drug-related assault and requested the label release her from her current contract. (Dr. Luke has denied any wrongdoing on multiple occasions, including via his Twitter account: “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her.”) The court documents showed Judge Shirley Werner Kornreich rejected the pop singer’s request for an emergency order, citing that her amendment “lacks merit as a matter of law.”
Despite the dismissal, the litigation has continued in California and Tennessee. In the latter state, Gottwald is suing Sebert on claims of defamation and tortious interference. According to the complaint, Gottwald alleges that Kesha schemed with Sebert to tarnish his reputation after a contract disagreement, later circulating rape accusations against the producer to bloggers and other members of the industry.
In response, Sebert filed counterclaims of intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress based on Kesha’s alleged abuse. She also claimed misrepresentations and fraudulent inducement by asserting that Gottwald had promised she would be involved in her daughter’s career. On Tuesday, Sebert voluntarily dismissed those claims.
“Pebe Sebert’s voluntary withdrawal of all her claims against Dr. Luke is her acknowledgement that her claims are meritless,” said Christine Lepare, attorney for Dr. Luke, in a statement to EW. “Dr. Luke’s defamation and other claims continue against Pebe and Kesha Sebert.”
The preliminary injunction is now passing up to a New York appeals court, and Gottwald’s attorneys plan to depose Kesha and Sebert in June. An upcoming status conference may determine whether a stay is lifted on the California proceedings.
“[Kesha] was a prisoner,” Sebert told Billboard of the ongoing case in March. “Luke almost destroyed us, and he has done it intentionally.”
Representatives for Sebert and Kesha did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.