Late last week, a New York court denied Kesha’s request for an injunction to end her Sony Entertainment record contract. This civil suit was based upon Kesha’s allegations that producer Dr. Luke emotionally abused and raped her. Per the ruling, Kesha cannot record or sell merchandise elsewhere, although she is “free” to work under another producer. Kesha received support from other pop stars, including Taylor Swift, who donated an enormous sum. Meanwhile, Dr. Luke defended himself with a flurry of tweets, which asked the public to withhold judgment until all the facts come out. He also strongly denied all allegations of abuse and rape, and his lawyers pointed toward a nebulous timeline and the absence of criminal charges from Kesha.
On Tuesday, TMZ released the above video — taken from a 2011 deposition — which contains edited footage of Kesha denying that Dr. Luke raped or drugged her. This video also contains similar statements from Kesha’s mother, Pebe Sebert. After TMZ published the deposition footage, Kesha’s lawyer issued a statement to say Kesha “was threatened” before she “lied under oath and swore he never had sex with her, much less raped her.”
Also on Tuesday, Kesha surfaced online for the first time the court verdict. She kept things brief on Instagram while telling her followers, “I am beyond words in gratitude. thank you is not enough … the support I have received has left my face swollen from tears.” Kesha also hinted at issuing a longer statement in the near future.