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Kesha's Mom Says Dr. Luke 'Basically Owns Kesha,' Even If Sony Cuts Ties


With the exception of a few tweets, a small video thanking fans and a speech she made accepting the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award, Kesha largely stayed quiet after a Manhattan court ruled against her request to cut ties with Sony over her accusations she had been verbally, physically and sexually abused by her manager, Dr. Luke, for 10 years.

Amid the somewhat positive news Sony allegedly dropped the music manager -- Dr. Luke claims Sony didn't -- Kesha's mother shared a small insider's glimpse at the fallout from the case and what Dr. Luke (whose real name is Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald) put Kesha through during his time managing her.

In a heartbreaking interview, Kesha's mother, Rosemary Patricia "Pebe" Sebert, revealed to Billboard,

Pebe also addressed how Kesha initially didn't want to talk to the police or report Dr. Luke at all.

She said,

Pebe added,

She also claimed,

Pebe also addressed Kesha's struggles with eating disorders, saying she believes they were tied to her daughter's struggles with Dr. Luke. She explained,

Apparently, Kesha was shocked at Taylor Swift's $250,000 donation after the court's decision, originally thinking it was some sort of hoax.

Pebe told Billboard,

The good news is Pebe said Kesha is recovering from the experience.

She said,

Though the case is still pending, one thing is pretty evident: It will be very hard for Dr. Luke to gain any substantial traction in the record industry going forward.

A manager and long-time acquaintance of Dr. Luke pointed out to Billboard,

Let's hope that is true.

Citations: Kesha's Mother: My Daughter "Was Like a Prisoner" of Dr. Luke (Cosmopolitan), The Saga of Kesha, Dr. Luke and a Mother's Fight: 'He Almost Destroyed Us' (Exclusive) (Billboard)