According to court documents filed this week, music producer Dr. Luke said in 2012 that musicians were unwilling to give pop singer Kesha their songs to perform because of her weight.
Kesha, 2, had accused Dr. Luke of rape and emotional abuse during the early stages of her career.
She has been involved in a three-year battle to get out of a multi-album recording deal with Sony Music and the pop hitmaker.
Kesha has gained support from pop powerhouses such as Taylor Swift, Adele and Lady Gaga, as her case has grabbed attention for shining a light on the behind-the-scenes struggles that female artists often face in the music industry
Dr. Luke has counter-sued for defamation and repeatedly denied the claims.
Controversial email chains:
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, chastised the singer for breaking her juice diet by drinking soda and eating turkey, in an email chain between him and Kesha’s manager Monica Cornia, according to documents filed in New York state court this week.
Dr. Luke wrote to Cornia on June 28, 2012 saying “We all get concerned when she is breaking her diet plan… we have seen it happen multiple times … almost every day, It is also double concerning when the A list songwriters and producers are reluctant to give Kesha their songs because of her weight”
A dispute between the singer and the producer over the lyrics of a song has been outlined by another email chain from May 2012.
Christine Lepera, Dr. Luke’s lawyer, stated on Wednesday that the emails don’t “disclose the larger record of evidence showing the bad faith of Kesha Sebert and her representatives which is greatly damaging to them.”
She added that the documents show “the tremendous support that Dr. Luke provided Kesha regarding artistic and personal issues, including Kesha’s own concerns over her weight.”
In 2014, Kesha filed a civil lawsuit in LA against Dr. Luke with several accusations, which include that the producer’s insults to her appearance had caused her to develop bulimia nervosa, for which she underwent treatment.
The singer dropped the lawsuit in California, however, her lawyers stated that she would continue her case in New York to get out of her contract.
Last year, a New York judge denied Kesha’s attempt to get out of her recording contract. The ruling sparked a social media campaign emotional by the singer’s fans titled #FreeKesha.