LOS ANGELES - Katy Perry wants to keep her testimony sealed in Kesha and Dr Luke’s ongoing legal battle.
The 33-year-old singer previously gave a testimony in the ongoing court case - in which Kesha is being sued for defamation by the producer after she accused him of sexually assaulting her and giving her drugs against her will - and has now filed documents to request that it be kept under wraps, as she fears publicising her comments may harm her career.
According to E! News, her legal team said in new court documents: ‘’[Katy] has no stake in this case and while she cooperated and provided deposition testimony as part of discovery, her testimony appears, at most, tangential to the case.
‘’Because of her high-profile status as an artist, advocate and role model, [Katy] is vulnerable to ‘gossip column’ frenzy aimed at exaggerating salacious matters having little to nothing to do with the merits - whatever they may be - of the substantive, material issues in this case. Given her tangential involvement in this lawsuit and its remoteness to the merits, her confidentiality and privacy interests should and can be respected.’’
Katy’s testimony was given after a text message exchange between Lady GaGa and the 31-year-old ‘Praying’ hitmaker in February 2016 was uncovered, which alleged that Dr Luke had raped Katy. The 44-year-old producer’s team quickly shut down the accusation, stating: ‘’Katy Perry herself confirmed that Dr Luke did not rape her‘’.
Kesha’s accusation to the contrary - just like her other outrageous lies about Dr. Luke - is baseless and irresponsible, and it is disrespectful to both Katy Perry and Dr. Luke. In his defamation lawsuit against Kesha, Dr. Luke seeks damages for the harm caused by these malicious falsehoods.’’
Meanwhile, Lady Gaga, 32, hasn’t commented publicly on the alleged messages, but has previously shown her support for Kesha.
In 2016, she said: ‘’I just want to stand by her side because I can’t watch another woman that went through what I’ve been through suffer.’’