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Life-Threatening! Kesha 'Pressured To Starve' Herself While Working With Dr. Luke

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Oct. 28 2016, Updated 12:01 a.m. ET

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Kesha may be locked in a brutal legal battle with Dr. Luke following her rape allegations against him, but nothing compares to the hell she endured during their time working together.

In a bombshell interview with The New York Times, the 29-year-old revealed new claims of abuse she allegedly suffered at the hand of her producer.

As reported, the "Tik Tok" singer fought to be released from her contract with Sony Music and Dr. Luke, born Lukas Gottwald, but a New York court ruled against her on February 19.

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Since then, the #FreeKesha movement has been supported by Adele, Reese Witherspoon, Taylor Swift and many other Hollywood superstars and fans.

But according to Kesha, the abuse went far beyond physical and even threatened her life at one point.

"I was under immense pressure to starve myself," she told The NYT. "And I tried to and almost killed myself in the process."

In 2014, the singer checked herself into a rehab facility specializing in eating disorders for two months.

On Wednesday, Kesha took to Instagram to thank the publication for "shedding light on my life and legal situation."

"There's nothing harder than dreaming and working and fighting for something your whole entire life, since you were 3 years old, since you could speak. and you FINALLY achieve it," she wrote, "and then have someone else take it away from you."

"My heart has a giant hole in it and is literally aching and throbbing from sadness and loss. imagine someone owning your voice... and not letting you sing. singing is how I have dealt with everything in my life. and my right has been taken away."

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Dr. Luke has vehemently denied rape allegations, his lawyer calling Kesha's claims "horrific" and "simply not true."


Dr. Luke's lawyer, Christine Lepera, provided the following statement to, "The New York Times Magazine profile piece that ran today unfortunately has many inaccuracies. This article is part of a continuing coordinated press campaign by Kesha to mislead the public, mischaracterize what has transpired over the last two years, and gain unwarranted sympathy.

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"Kesha filed a shock and awe complaint of alleged abuse against Luke Gottwald in 2014 -- for contract negotiation leverage. It backfired. She never intended to prove her claims. She has voluntarily withdrawn her California complaint, after having her counterclaims in New York for alleged abuse dismissed. Nevertheless, she continues to maliciously level false accusations in the press to attack our client.

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"The reality is that for well over two years, Kesha chose - and it was entirely her choice - not to provide her label with any music. Kesha was always free to move forward with her music, and an album could have been released long ago had she done so. She exiled herself.

"It was not until months after the denial of her injunction motion - for the first time in June and July 2016--that Kesha started to provide the label with music. She provided 22 recordings created without any label consultation which were not in compliance with her contract, were in various stages of development, and which Kesha's own team acknowledged needed work. Then, and for the last several months, the label has been in discussions with Kesha and her team to choose the best music, create additional music, and work on the tracks created.

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"A&R representatives of both Kemosabe and RCA have provided Kesha with detailed feedback in writing and in person on the tracks she provided to help her further develop the material. Kesha has also agreed with Kemosabe and RCA on a list of producers who will work with her on these tracks, a studio has been reserved for these sessions, and a budget for certain work provided.

"The creation of an album is a process, however what has clearly been communicated is that the aim is for a release date as early as possible. It is in the economic best interest of the label and Mr. Gottwald to put out a top selling album, and that takes time. In fact, the label suggested an early release of an advance Kesha track. It was Kesha's team who rejected this proposal.

"Kesha's claim in the article that she has no ability to earn money outside of touring is completely rebutted by well documented public court records."

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