If Dr. Luke is looking for more artists to come to his defense in the court of public opinion, he can count Kelly Clarkson out.
The former American Idol star, who collaborated with Dr. Luke on her career breakout "Since You Been Gone" and the more recent "My Life Would Suck Without You," told Australia's KIIS 1065 that she only worked with the producer "because literally I got blackmailed by my label. They were like, 'We will not put your album out if you don't do this.'"
Clarkson's label RCA is owned by parent company Sony, whom a court recently ruled is not obligated to let Kesha out of her contract with them even though she has accused Dr. Luke, her producer there, of drugging and raping her, among other accusations. (Billboard has reached out to Clarkson, RCA, and Dr. Luke for comment.) Though Clarkson said she didn't know what specifically went on between Dr. Luke and Kesha, she did offer that in her own experience she found him "difficult to work with" and "demeaning."