Lady Gaga is being lauded on social media after a leaked legal transcript revealed she told a lawyer “you should be ashamed of yourself” for suggesting pop star Kesha lied about being sexually assaulted.
- Lady Gaga was questioned in 2017 over claims Dr Luke assaulted pop star Kesha
- Kesha accused Dr Luke of sexual assault in 2014; he counter-sued her for defamation
- Lady Gaga has been applauded for her show of solidary with survivors of sexual assault
A transcript of a deposition given by Lady Gaga, referred to by her birth name Stefani Germanotta, was made public after a report by The Blast detailed the emotional exchange with Christine Lepera, a lawyer for music producer Dr Luke.
Kesha accused Dr Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, of drugging and raping her while they were in a professional relationship.
Lady Gaga, who supported Kesha in her bid to sever contractual ties with the producer, give a fiery response when she was questioned by Dr Luke’s lawyers.
“Why on earth would this girl tell the entire world that this happened?” she said.
“Do you know what it’s like for survivors? Do you know what it’s like to tell people?
“Don’t you roll your eyes at me. You should be ashamed of yourself.”
A deposition transcript published on Scribd by the Gizmodo Media Group showed the questioning stopped after the fiery exchange when Lady Gaga’s attorney requested a break.
Lady Gaga’s comments drew praise on social media after the story broke, with fans of the singer applauding her show of solidarity with survivors of sexual assault.
Tweet from Alex Anastassiou: Lady Gaga speaking in defence of Kesha while a lawyer badgers her about what they suggest is her not ‘knowing the truth’ is what we need more of. Believe women.
Tweet from Byran Charles Moore: Reading Lady Gaga’s statements in the depositions regarding Kesha has given me much hope. We can have female entertainers build each other up and not be rivals. And we can have people with huge influence speak truth to power to hold others accountable.
Tweet from Trey Taylor: This Lady Gaga Dr. Luke deposition is so emblematic of where we are at in the metoo conversation
In a statement to People, Dr Luke’s legal team said the singer’s passion about the issue was “admirable”, but disputed the claims against the producer.
“Lady Gaga has no knowledge of what happened on the night at issue because she was not there,” Ms Lepera said.
She said Dr Luke offered Kesha his hotel room to sleep in after the singer was kicked out of a party for “drinking too much and vomiting”.
“Kesha slept on the bed in the hotel suite, while Dr Luke separately slept on the couch,” she said.
“Kesha herself admitted under oath that she has absolutely no memory of Dr Luke even being in the hotel room.
Kesha has no memory of Dr. Luke engaging in inappropriate contact with her because it did not happen.”
Entertainment industry’s ‘secret’
In her deposition, Gaga was asked if she had any knowledge or information about the assault.
“She told me that he assaulted her,” Gaga said of Kesha.
“You don’t have any facts other than what she said to you to support that, correct?” Ms Lepera said.
“Well, you know — when men assault women, they don’t invite people over to watch,” Gaga replied.
“When this happens in this industry, it is kept extremely secret, and it is compounded by contracts and manipulative power scenarios that actually include this very situation that we are in right now.”
A long legal dispute
The pair began working together in 2005 when Kesha was signed to Dr Luke’s label Kemosabe Records, owned by Sony Music.
In 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit to void her contract with Dr Luke and accused him of sexual assault.
She has since been embroiled in a lengthy legal battle with the music producer, who denied the allegations and filed a defamation suit against her.
A judge dismissed Kesha’s abuse claims in 2016 but the legal fallout is continuing between the pair, with Kesha still contractually bound to Dr Luke’s record company.
Lady Gaga was questioned by the music producer’s legal team in September, 2017, as part of his defamation case.
Her attorney, Orin Snyder, began proceedings by declaring Lady Gaga a “sex abuse survivor”.
“This deposition has proved to be a trigger event for Ms Germanotta, and she has experienced in the past few hours some [post-traumatic stress disorder] reactions which is causing some trauma and emotional reactivity,” he said.
“So she is crying now, let the record reflect.”