Kesha’s former producer used a sleazy trick out of Bill O’Reilly’s playbook — releasing personal notes —to show he didn’t sexually harass her, the pop singer says in new papers.
Kesha’s former manager, Dr. Luke, sued the “Die Young” singer in 2014 for defamation, saying she smeared his name by alleging he raped and drugged her.
Both sides are mired in a battle over disclosure of Kesha’s public relations campaign against the producer. Luke’s lawyer says Kesha “orchestrated a press strategy and public campaign to brand Gottwald a rapist (falsely) in order to coerce him to ‘settle.’”
A hearing will be held Wednesday about whether Kesha will have to turn over documents relating to her PR strategy.
In papers filed last week in Manhattan Supreme Court, Kesha attorney, James Pearl wrote that his client needed a PR strategy – because Luke stooped as low as the disgraced former host of the “O’Reilly Factor.”
Dr. Luke was Kesha’s former producer.
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“Consistent with Bill O’Reilly’s recent strategy of releasing Megyn Kelly’s old thank-you notes to rebut her sexual-harassment complaints, Dr. Luke attached to his complaint a birthday card signed ‘Ke$ ha’ thanking Dr. Luke for ‘making my wildest dreams come true,'” Pearl wrote.
TMZ described the note as “an over-the-top lovey dovey birthday card that makes it seem like their relationship is anything but abusive.”
Last week, O’Reilly released thank you notes from Kelly after she went public with complaints she’d made about O’Reilly’s behavior while working at Fox News.
A call to an attorney for Dr. Luke —whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald — was not returned.