Lady Gaga doesn’t want to face the music and sit for a deposition in Dr. Luke’s defamation case against Kesha, a new court filing says.
Attorneys for the “Poker Face” pop star have told Dr. Luke’s lawyer that she can’t talk to them because she is about to kick off her world tour on Aug. 1, according to the filing in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The music producer’s lawyer, Jeffrey Movit, said in the July 28 filing that Gaga was hit with subpoenas in March, demanding that she sit for a deposition and provide copies of correspondences between her and Kesha in which the alleged sex assault was discussed.
In late March, Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, handed over a four-page spreadsheet of text messages — but one page was entirely redacted.
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Movit requested access to the redacted material, but was told it’s off limits.
“Germanotta, through her counsel, has refused to remove the redactions, claiming that the redacted materials are irrelevant and address unspecified ‘private matters,’” Movit wrote in the filing.
One of the subpoenas had initially requested Germanotta appear for a deposition on April 12, but her lawyers said she was unavailable due to her “demanding tour and film schedule,” the filing says.
Movit said he offered to accommodate her schedule and travel to her tour or filming location. Over the course of two months, the two sides also tried to negotiate a deal where she would provide a sworn affidavit in lieu of a deposition, but no agreement could be worked out.
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“When it became clear to plaintiffs that no agreement would be reached to resolve the impasse over Ms. Germanotta’s deposition, plaintiffs notified Ms. Germanotta’s counsel that they would be moving to compel her compliance,” Movit said.
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, sued Kesha in 2014, days after she filed a lawsuit against him, accusing the producer of forcing her to use drugs and sexually assaulting her.
Gottwald said her sex assault accusations were an extortion tactic to get her out of recording contract.
Gottwald’s legal team have claimed in a filing earlier this year that Kesha had texted Germanotta claiming the producer had raped her and an unnamed recording artist.
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Kesha, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, filed to dismiss her lawsuit against Gottwald last year.
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