As the battle between Kesha and former producer Dr Luke
intensifies, new information has surfaced which further complicates the case at hand. It appears, in a 2011 court deposition (regarding a music deal gone awry with music management company DAS, in which Kesha and Dr. Luke stood together on the same side of the courtroom), Kesha testified under oath that the producer was an upstanding individual who she "was fortunate to have the time and attention of." Stating on the record that, "Dr. Luke never made sexual advances to me."
The discovery of this document might be detrimental to the perceived legitimacy of Kesha's claims in they eyes of the justice system.
Mark Geragos, Kesha's attorney, cites fear and coercion as the operating factors explaining these emergent inconsistencies. "In every courtroom in every county, in battered women type of cases, you have equivocal statements of 'I don't know.' This is part and parcel of sexual abuse." The capricious nature of cases such as these, in which contradictory stories are often told by the victim due to fear of injury or retaliation, presents a tragic difficulty for persecuting cases of sexual violence and abuse. At the time of the deposition, Kesha was only eighteen years old. Her budding personal and professional life was ostensibly held in the hands of a powerful authority, whom she was being asked to point a finger at while that very figure stood in the room, watching over her. It is not surprising that under the circumstances she denied any wrongdoing.
In regards to the deposition, the judge ruled that the contents are relevant enough to warrant officially unsealing it for use as evidence in the trial. Geragos has called this development "a pathetic attempt to once again blame the victim."
For more information on the escalating conflict between Kesha and Dr Luke, check out these pieces:
Dr. Luke Counter Sues Kesha For Extortion
Kesha's Letters From Rehab