Amid Dr. Luke and Kesha’s ongoing legal battle, Lady Gaga reportedly slammed Dr. Luke’s lawyer during her September 2017 deposition, which was recently unsealed and released by The Blast.
The lawsuit centers around the allegation that the producer sexually assaulted Kesha, and she is now trying to get out of her recording contract with Kemosabe Entertainment, which is part of Sony Records.
“I just want everyone to understand that, as she has publicly stated in other contexts, as a sex abuse survivor…there are trigger events, and this deposition has proved to be a trigger event for Ms. Germanotta [Gaga]. And she has experienced in the past few hours some PTSD reactions which is causing some trauma and emotional reactivity. So she is crying now, the record will reflect.”
During the deposition, Gaga was asked to speak about how she met Kesha and what they talked about when Gaga saw her in only her underwear in the back room of Dr. Luke’s home studio. Gaga explained:
“What we discussed was, what I recall was her immense sadness and depression and fear. She was visibly very different than when I had seen her before, and–but I can’t say specifically what we spoke about. I just recall it was emotional and I wanted to be there for her.”
Later, Dr. Luke’s lawyer asked if Gaga had any “personal knowledge or information as to any interaction” between him and Kesha and if the alleged incident has damaged his reputation. Gaga responded she did know and had to explain why she believed Kesha.
In her own words, Gaga said:
“That was an image that–of something that happened to me, and I felt and knew in my heart that she was telling the truth, and I believe her….Yes, I do have knowledge. She told me he assaulted her…Well, you know–when men assault women, they don’t invite people over to watch. And 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 all in right now.”
When asked if she believes anyone has ever been wrongly accused of rape, Gaga came back and asked the lawyer:
“You–how about all of the women that are accused of being liars and how she was slut shamed in front of the world, how about that?…I have factual knowledge of the spiral that I watched that girl go down. I have factual knowledge of trauma. I am informed and intelligent about this issue. That girl has experienced serious trauma and she is in the middle of the right now. And you are all a party to it.”
After his lawyer asked, again, if she was there when the alleged assault happened, Gaga was fed up and said:
“Why on earth would this girl tell the entire world this happened? Why on earth? 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.”
The legal teams took a break right after, but continued questioning Gaga that day.