NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 9:06 PM
New video seen publicly for the first time Tuesday gives fresh dimension to the 2011 deposition in which Kesha flatly denied Dr. Luke drugged or raped her.
The video, obtained by TMZ, shows the platinum-selling pop star sitting in the hot seat and appearing calm and coherent while answering blockbuster questions under oath.
It shows the “Tik Tok” singer disputing a claim that Dr. Luke “roofied” her and stating unequivocally that the super producer never made sexual advances.
A transcript of the testimony was unsealed back in 2014 and reported then by the Daily News.
The once-secret testimony contradicts Kesha’s sexual assault lawsuit filed against Dr. Luke in October 2014 — but it’s hardly a surprise, her lawyer Mark Geragos said again Tuesday when contacted by The News.
Geragos has long maintained that Kesha was threatened by Dr. Luke before the 2011 deposition and was too afraid to sing.
Geragos said the leak of the video footage Tuesday was likely calculated to strike a blow against Kesha after she received a wave of support from fellow pop stars following a court hearing in New York last week.
“It shows how pathetic this guy is. He’s nothing more than his generation’s Bill Cosby,” Geragos told The News on Tuesday.
“The only people who come out and support him are his paid henchmen,” the prominent lawyer said. “Everybody knows it’s a dirty little secret that this guy is bad news.”
As The News previously reported, the 2011 deposition was taken in connection with a $ 14 million lawsuit filed by Kesha’s former New York-based management company DAS Communications.
The company claimed Kesha broke her contract when she dumped them in 2008 — and that Dr. Luke “induced, intimidated and convinced” her to cut ties with DAS.
Asked during the videotaped examination if Dr. Luke ever gave her cocaine or other illicit drugs, Kesha said he never fed her coke but that she wasn’t sure about other substances.
“Did Dr. Luke ever give you a roofie?” a DAS lawyer asked Kesha.
“No,” she replied.
Kesha claims she was drugged and raped by her producer, Dr. Luke (pictured), who flatly denies the allegations.
“Did you ever tell your mother that you woke up in a hotel room in Gottwald’s bed and you don’t recall what happened that night?” the lawyer asked next.
“I don’t remember,” Kesha said.
In the most telling clip posted Tuesday by TMZ, Kesha appears slightly bothered when asked about her mother’s testimony about Dr. Luke.
“I don’t know what my mother (said). I know that Dr. Luke never made sexual advances at me,” she testified.
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Luke Gottwald, has not been charged with a crime in connection with Kesha’s claims.
The influential hitmaker behind Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” fought to get the 2011 testimony unsealed by a New York judge because he claims Kesha concocted the date rape allegation as part of an extortion scheme to get out of her exclusive recording contract.
Days after a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled that the singer must keep her end of a six-album deal with Sony, despite her claims she was raped by the producer, Kesha thanked her supporters.
“I am beyond words in gratitude,” she wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “Thank you is not enough but it is all I have…the support I have received has left my face swollen in tears.”
In Twitter comments Monday, Dr. Luke called Kesha’s claims “horrendous and untrue.”
“Imagine if you or somebody you loved was publicly accused of a rape you knew they didn’t do. Imagine that,” he tweeted. “I have 3 sisters, a daughter and a son with my girlfriend, and a feminist mom who raised me right.”
He then criticized Geragos for his prior work representing convicted wife killer Scott Peterson and the singer Chris Brown.
From left to right, singer Adam Lambert, songwriters Max Martin and Dr. Luke, and singer Kesha pose onstage at the 28th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Kodak Ballroom in April 2011.
Geragos wasn’t backing down Tuesday and said he still believes Kesha would prevail in the ongoing litigation on both coasts — despite a New York judge recently rejecting Kesha’s push for a temporary injunction on her exclusive contract.
Geragos said Dr. Luke took Kesha down to a beach alone to have a talk with her after the alleged rape and threatened that if she ever mentioned it to anyone, he would ruin her career.
“She did what she felt she had to do to protect herself,” Geragos told The News, referring to the 2011 deposition. “In courtrooms all over this country, people recant in domestic violence in the same way all the time.”