Yes, the legal battle between Kesha and producer Dr. Luke, who the pop star says raped her in during their 10-year collaboration, is still happening -- isn't that horrible? And the case is as star-studded as it is upsetting: in 2017, Lady Gaga was subpoenaed by Dr. Luke's legal team, who said she had "relevant information" about what they said were Kesha's false claims about his behavior. As testimony recently obtained by The Blast reveals, it might not have been in their best interest to call Gaga to the stand as she had absolutely no time for Luke's lawyer.
Gaga's lawyer, began by telling the court that the deposition had triggered Gaga, a survivor of sexual assault herself, and that he wanted the record to reflect that she was crying. Gaga then explained that the first time she met Kesha was at Dr. Luke's home studio, with the "Die Young" singer wearing only her underwear in a back room. Eventually Kesha opened up to her about the producer's alleged abuse. While she couldn't remember specific details, Gaga said they discussed Kesha's "immense sadness and depression and fear. She was visibly very different than when I had seen her before ... I just recall it was emotional and I wanted to be there for her."
When Dr. Luke's lawyer asked Gaga if she thought the producer's reputation had been damaged by the accusations, the pop star was not having it. "Reputation, if you are asking about his reputation in the world, I don't feel at liberty to speak for the entire world. So if you are asking what my view is of his reputation, I made my view of him and his reputation when I saw her in that back room. That was an image that - of something that happened to me, and I felt and knew in my heart that she was telling the truth, and I believe her."
The lawyer then asked Gaga if she had "personal knowledge" of the alleged abuse besides what Kesha had told her. "Well, you know - when men assault women, they don't invite people over to watch," Gaga answered.
"And when this happens in this industry, it is kept extremely secret, and it is compounded by contracts and manipulative power scenarios that actually include this very situation that we are all in right now," she continued. When the lawyer asked her if she thought rapists were never falsely accused, she countered: "How about all of the women that are accused of being liars and how she was slut-shamed in front of the world? How about that?"
"I have factual knowledge of her depression," Gaga said. "I have factual knowledge of her need for support and love. I have factual knowledge of the spiral that I watched that girl go down. I have factual knowledge of trauma. I am informed and intelligent about this issue. That girl has experienced serious trauma and she is in the middle of the right now. And you are all a party to it."
Gaga asked the question all of us have thought during this sad, frustrating, drawn-out legal battle: if Kesha hadn't been assaulted, why would she tell the whole world about it? "Do you know what it's like for survivors," she asked. "Do you know what it's like to tell people? Don't you roll [your] eyes at me," she said, seemingly aimed at Dr. Luke's attorney. You should be ashamed of yourself."
Lady Gaga isn't the only celebrity to be drawn into the battle between Kesha and Dr. Luke. This summer, Katy Perry attempted to have her deposition from the case sealed, claiming that it could cause "significant harm" to her career. This was after text message history between Kesha and Lady Gaga was subpoenaed, revealing that Kesha had implied to Gaga that Dr. Luke had allegedly raped Perry as well.