Ke$ha Sues Producer Dr. Luke For Sexual Assault And Battery [Updated]

TMZ is reporting that Ke$ha is suing her longtime producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault and battery, which she says began at age 18, when he signed her to his label Kemosabe Records, an offshoot of Sony. The singer says that Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, 41, made her use drugs and sexually assaulted her for years, including one incident in which he gave her “sober pills” and she woke up the next morning in his bed, sore and with no recollection of what happened the night before. The suit also alleges that Luke was verbally abusive to the now 27-year-old, insulting her physical appearance and contributing to her developing an eating disorder. Dr. Luke is largely considered one of the more influential music producers working today.

“This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for ten years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke,” Ke$ha’s attorney Mark Geragos said in a statement to TMZ. Dr. Luke and his representatives have yet to respond to the allegations. [TMZ via Idolator]

UPDATE: Dr. Luke has counter-sued Ke$ha for extortion, saying her accusations untrue and that the lawsuit is engineered by her mom, Pebe, and her new management firm, so the singer can get out of her legally-binded record contract. [TMZ]