Dr Luke responds to claims Kelly Clarkson was ‘blackmailed’ into working with him

Representative for pop producer quotes from book written by Sony boss Clive Davis

Dr Luke has responded to comments made by Kelly Clarkson[a/a] in which she alleged that the producer was “not a good man” and claimed that she was blackmailed into working with him.

Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, worked with Clarkson on her 2004 hit ‘Since U Been Gone’ and again in 2009 when she released ‘My Life Would Suck Without You’.

As reported, [A]Kesha has accused Dr Luke of drugging and raping her a decade ago. Last month (February 19), she was denied an exit from her recording contract with the producer by the New York Supreme Court.

In a radio interview with Australia’s broadcast this week, Clarkson was asked about her time working with Gottwald and was critical of the producer, painting the picture of a man who is difficult to be around and hinting at feeling under pressure to record with him.

Digital Spy has subsequently received a comment from Dr Luke’s spokesperson in response to these claims. The response arrived in the form of a lengthy excerpt from Clive Davis’s 2013 memoir The Soundtrack of My Life in which Sony’s Chief Creative Officer explained how Clarkson and Dr Luke came to work together.

The excerpt can be seen in full here but includes details of how Dr Luke and songwriter Max Martin were brought in to work with Clarkson on her second album ‘Breakaway’ in 2004, recorded after she won American Idol.


In the book, Davis recalls there being tension in the studio. “Max and Luke were relentless in getting the right performance of their song,” he writes. “Kelly got her back up, and from her perspective, she had a horrible experience in the studio. She’d never work with them again, she said. Then, after all the work was done, I listened to the performances. They were terrific. I could not have been more thrilled. This was a whole new direction for Kelly, so far away from ‘A Moment Like This’, which defined her first year’s experience.

“Obviously, ‘Miss Independent’ was different as well, but this really was a strong pop-rock departure, and showed real depth and creativity. Everyone loved the end result, and I could just feel the momentum building.”

Despite her negative opinions of the producer, Clarkson made sure it was clear that her situation was different to Kesha and that Dr Luke “never did anything like that [alleged sexual assault] to me”.

Since the Supreme Court ruling was made, #FreeKesha has been trending on Twitter with some of the biggest female musicians in the world joining in. Girls creator Lena Dunham said the court case made her feel “actually sick” while Adele dedicated her Brit award win to the pop star.

Dr Luke has repeatedly denied the accusations and released a statement via his lawyer. “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her,” he added on Twitter, claiming that Kesha’s lawsuit is “motivated by money”.