After we originally filed suit against Pebe Sebert, she continued to make outrageous, false and defamatory statements against Dr. Luke in her widespread media campaign to damage him and smear his name… Pebe Sebert’s lawyers flat out refused to allow us to add those statements to the existing case or to toll the statute of limitations on them -- so we've been compelled to file an additional action.
Dr. Luke’s new suit cites a a 2011 deposition for an unrelated case, in which she allegedly said he never abused her. In the March 2016 interview he calls out, Sebert told Billboard, "I wanted Kesha to come forward a long time ago and end this relationship with Dr. Luke immediately after the [alleged] rape. But if she wanted to have a shot at the music business, she had no choice but [to work with him]."
Kesha's Relationship With Dr. Luke: A Timeline
Alex Little, a lawyer for Pebe Sebert who also represents Kesha, issued the following statement to Pitchfork:
This marks Dr. Luke’s second effort to sue a mother for publicly supporting and believing her daughter about being raped. It’s also a transparent attempt to delay the trial of these issues. Mrs. Sebert looks forward to presenting her case to a jury as soon as possible. When the evidence is made public, she expects the jury will conclude that all of her statements have been justified.
Dr. Luke also sued Kesha herself in Oct. 2014, and in this week’s filing, his lawyers argued that suit should proceed before this one against her mother. Conversely, Sebert’s lawyers maintained there was no reason to continue to delay.
Kesha Denied Injunction Bid in Dispute With Dr. Luke
Dr. Luke’s proceedings against Kesha and her mother came after Kesha first sued him for rape and other abuse in California. She recently dropped that suit, but is still pursuing one she filed in New York even though most of her claims were dismissed and the judge ruled she was not allowed to seek a label outside of Dr. Luke's Sony imprint, Kemosabe Records.
Billboard’s request for comment from a representative for Kesha and Pebe Sebert was not immediately returned.