Unsealed court documents show a text exchange between Kesha and Lady Gaga from 2016 talking about Perry and her refusal to publicly get involved in the drama. Kesha accused Dr. Luke of sexual assault years ago, something he has denied, and she adamantly believes the 45-year-old music producer also raped Perry. Both Dr. Luke and the “Firework” singer have denied the accusation.
Kesha texted Lady Gaga saying she was “upset” that Perry was staying quiet because the American Idol judge “could bring the whole thing to a head.”
The exchange went like this:
Kesha: She was raped by the same man. It’s sick.
Lady Gaga: She is probably really afraid to lose everything. You are really strong standing up to him, she’s not as strong as you yet. Have you talked to her?
Kesha: You’re right. I need to find sympathy and empathy for her. She’s so mean. It’s hard.
Lady Gaga: Do you want me to see if I can talk to her. I know she’s mean.
Kesha: Are you friendly with her?
Lady Gaga: NO. Omg NO. She makes me angry about shit but I just try to have empathy for her.
Kesha: Ugh I mean I know why she’s not coming forward. You are right and very insightful.
Lady Gaga: I mean. She probably hasn’t even accepted it yet.
Kesha: Maybe. It’s not my battle.
After the texts made headlines, Lady Gaga took to Twitter Friday to send love to Perry, tweeting that they were “old” messages.
“We’ve matured, gotten over the past, love each other & share deep respect,” Lady Gaga wrote. “Katy is my friend and is truly a kind soul. End of story.”
.@katyperry & I have grown up in the industry together. We’ve gone through both celebrations & differences w/ each other. These are old texts. We’ve matured, gotten over the past, love each other & share deep respect. Katy is my friend and is truly a kind soul. End of story. ❤️
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) November 30, 2018
Gaga’s spokesman also issued the following statement to Yahoo Entertainment: “These text messages paint a picture of one friend trying to help another through an extraordinary difficult time. They are several years old and in no way reflect Lady Gaga’s relationship with Katy Perry. These are private texts that — along with personal information from other high-profile individuals — have been publicly filed to generate media attention for this case.”
As for Perry, she responded to Gaga on Twitter writing, “Onward and upward.”
Love you too friend ❤️ Onward and upward 👩❤️👩 https://t.co/tYl4ueBjB5
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 30, 2018
The texts were released after the Blast obtained documents of Perry’s 2017 testimony. The pop star said that she felt pressured to support Kesha, but that Dr. Luke never raped her.
“I felt pressured, but I also knew both of them and a lot of people did not. So it was easy for them to be disattached and support an idea rather than an actual instance,” Perry stated. “People were generally very angry at me for not saying anything.”
She later added, “Just that I would be attacked, I would be the one woman that is against women and I’m not against women, but I believe in innocent until proven guilty and I believe in justice.”
Perry said she was “annoyed at both Luke and Kesha” for getting dragged into it. “And I want to stay out of it because I know them both and I empathize with both of them and obviously it’s a horrible situation for both of them. And the only two people that know what really went on are those two people,” she said.
Kesha has yet to weigh in on the old messages.
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