Dr. Luke Files Second Libel Lawsuit Against Kesha’s Mom
Dr. Luke has filed a libel lawsuit against Kesha‘s mom Pebe Sebert — his second since 2014.
“After we originally filed suit against Pebe Sebert, she continued to make outrageous, false and defamatory statements against Dr. Luke in her widespread media campaign to damage and smear his name,” Dr. Luke’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, says in a statement to People. “Pebe Sebert’s lawyers flat out refused to allow us to add those statements to the existing case or to toll the statute of limitations on them — so we’ve been compelled to file an additional action.”
According to The Wrap, Dr. Luke’s latest complaint includes a November 2015 tweet by Pebe that says, “Kesha can’t legally put out music unless she makes it under complete control of a man who raped her at 18.” The lawsuit says the damages should be “greatly in excess of the $75,000 jurisdictional minimum.”
Last month saw Kesha drop the sexual assault charges from her cases against Dr. Luke in New York and California. Evidently, though, Pebe isn’t backing down from her statements. Her lawyer tells People that Dr. Luke’s latest defamation suit is an “effort” to sue “a mother for publicly supporting and believing her daughter about being raped.”
“Mrs. Sebert looks forward to presenting her case to a jury as soon as possible,” Pebe’s lawyer says. “When the evidence is made public, she expects the jury will conclude that all of her statements have been justified.”