by Tim Kenneally
“TiK ToK” singer Kesha has expanded her sexual assault and battery lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke to include Sony Music Entertainment, alleging that the company put her and other female artists in “physical danger” by giving the producer power and control over those artists.
In an amended complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, the singer — listed as Kesha Rose Sebert on the complaint — claims that Sony “had knowledge of Dr. Luke treating female entertainers under his tutelage and supervision in the same manner as alleged here regarding Ms. Sebert, which includes both physical and emotional abuse.”
The lawsuit goes on to claim that Sony not only didn’t curtail the producer’s behavior, but “placed JANE DOE female artists, including Ms. Sebert, in physical danger by giving Dr. Luke full creative and business control, with nearly limitless financial resources, over young female artists who necessarily were compelled to become dependent upon his goodwill.”
In her suit, Sebert accuses the producer — real name: Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald — of a decade-long campaign of abuse.
“For the past ten years, Dr. Luke has sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused Ms. Sebert to the point where Ms. Sebert nearly lost her life,” the suit reads. “Dr. Luke abused Ms. Sebert in order to destroy her self-confidence, self-image and self-worth so that he could maintain complete control over her life and career.”
Among the allegations: That the producer forced the singer to “snort an illicit drug” before a plane flight and “continuously forced himself” on her “while she was intoxicated and drugged.”
On another occasion, the complaint claims, the producer gave her the drug GHB, “allowing him to bring Ms. Sebert back to his hotel room alone and rape her while she was unconscious.”
Sony had no comment on the lawsuit for TheWrap.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.
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