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Kesha Says She Was Offered 'Freedom' If She Apologized For Rape Allegations

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 4/04/2016 Cole Delbyck
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Kesha has provided an update on her ongoing legal battle with DJ and producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, whom she accused of sexual assault and battery in 2014. 

In an Instagram posted Sunday, the "We R Who We R" singer claims that she was offered "freedom," presumably from her contract with Sony, in exchange for a public retraction of the rape allegations against Gottwald. 

Gottwald, a major force in the pop music industry, served as the executive producer for Kesha's two albums. Although their partnership proved to be financially successful, Kesha accused Gottwald of sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abusing her for a decade, sparking a much-needed conversation about sexism in the music industry. 

In February, a judge denied the singer's motion to be released from her contract with Sony on the grounds that Kesha is free to work with other producers on the label.

The legal team behind Kesha, in an appeal filed a month later, likened the decision to keep her tied to the company of her alleged abuser to "slavery."

“Although it recognized that ‘slavery was done away with a long time ago’ and that ‘[y]ou can’t force someone to work ... in a situation in which they don’t want to work,’ the Court’s ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald’s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that," Kesha’s team argued. "As the Court itself recognized, ‘[i]t’s slavery. You can’t do that.’”

Throughout the lawsuit, Gottwald has maintained his innocence, claiming that he never sexually assaulted the singer.

"I didn't rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister," he wrote on Twitter after the judge's decision. "Kesha has denied under oath the horrible allegations now being made against me."

Neither Gottwald's nor Kesha's representatives immediately responded to a request for comment.

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