Following news Tuesday (Oct. 14) that Kesha had filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke for emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault, fans have been re-examining an unreleased track of the singer’s that made its way online last year, wondering whether it might be about her longtime producer.
In the song “Dancing With the Devil,” Kesha sings, “You and I made a deal, I was young and shit got real” and “So I’m all yours, until the end/ A holy war that will never end,” possible references to scenarios detailed in her allegations against Dr. Luke. Her lawsuit claims “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault” at Dr. Luke’s hands and is an attempt to liberate herself from an exclusive six-record agreement with the producer.
Earlier this year, Kesha checked herself into rehab for an eating disorder, and her mother has publicly blamed Dr. Luke for the singer’s low self-esteem.
Dr. Luke filed a defamation lawsuit against Kesha, claiming the singer’s dispute is just an attempt to get out of her longstanding record deal.
Billboard has reached out to Kesha’s reps for comment on the song.