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Kesha and producer Dr. Luke suing each other for sexual abuse, extortion

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Singer Kesha has filed a disturbingly detailed lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) alleging more than a decade of sexual and emotional abuse, according to court documents obtained by TMZ. The recently rehabbed singer claims that the abuse started almost immediately after she signed on with Dr. Luke when she was 18 years old, with him making "repeated sexual advances" and forcing her to imbibe drugs and alcohol. In a particularly startling incident detailed in the suit, Kesha says that after being forced to drink with him, she woke up the following afternoon naked in his bed feeling sick and sore with no memory of how she got there. She also blames Dr. Luke for the eating disorder that landed her in treatment, claiming he told her, "You are not that pretty, you are not that talented, you are just lucky to have me" and called her "a fat f---ing refrigerator."

"This lawsuit is a wholehearted effort by Kesha to regain control of her music career and her personal freedom after suffering for 10 years as a victim of mental manipulation, emotional abuse and an instance of sexual assault at the hands of Dr. Luke," her lawyer, Mark Geragos, says in a statement to TMZ. "The facts presented in our lawsuit paint a picture of a man who is controlling and willing to commit horrible acts of abuse in an attempt to intimidate an impressionable, talented, young female artist into submission for his personal gain. Kesha is focused on moving her life and her career beyond this terrible time."

So how did Dr. Luke respond? With a lawsuit of his own, of course. Just hours after Kesha's suit was filed, the producer shot back with a suit insisting Kesha's claims are lies manufactured in an attempt to get out of her contract. He also says the singer previously tried to extort him. Dr. Luke's lawyer, Christine Lepera, calls Kesha's suit part of "a campaign of publishing outrageous and untrue statements," and insists that both Kesha and her mother have already admitted the accusations are fabricated.

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