Shirley Halperin

Shirley Halperin is the music editor of The Hollywood Reporter.

Kesha and Dr. Luke

Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit filed by pop singer Kesha against hit songwriter-producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) on Oct. 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court. The bombshell 28-page complaint was the talk of the industry in the days that followed, in large part due to the shocking nature of 27-year-old Kesha Sebert's claims -- among them that Luke, 41, drugged and "forced himself" on her, defrauded her of publishing interest and constantly belittled her appearance, driving her to bulimia.
Kesha and Dr. Luke

Inside Kesha & Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit filed by pop singer Kesha against hit songwriter-producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) on Oct. 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court. The bombshell 28-page complaint was the talk of the industry in the days that followed, in large part due to the shocking nature of 27-year-old Kesha Sebert's claims -- among them that Luke, 41, drugged and "forced himself" on her, defrauded her of publishing interest and constantly belittled her appearance, driving her to bulimia.

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