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The legal battle between singer Kesha (Kesha Rose Sebert) and producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) has boiled over with the alleged subpoena of fan and #FreeKesha protest organizer, Michael Eisele. Court documents filed by Dr. Luke’s lawyers obtained by Pitchfork accuse Eisele for “closely coordinating” with the singer to “defamatory statements and tarnish [Dr. Luke]’s reputation.”
Eisele co-authored an online petition in support for Kesha that received over 230,000 signatures, and organized two rallies outside of Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Record’s parent company, Sony Music, headquartered in New York City. He also allegedly runs @KeshaTODAY on Twitter.
Producer Dr. Luke sued Kesha back in 2014 for defamation. Kesha countersued for alleged rape. Since then, Kesha has dropped the lawsuit against the producer after New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich dismissed all her allegations in 2016.
Kesha remains signed under Dr. Luke’s record label, since Kornreich ruled against Kesha’s plea to be released from her contract with Sony (under Dr. Luke) while the court case was underway. None of the three parties have responded to Pitchfork’s requests for comment.
Anastassia Gliadkovskaya is a lifestyle and politics reporter. Her work has been published by Empire State Tribune and Urban Watch magazine.