Kesha’s mother on Dr Luke: ‘he almost destroyed us’

Rosemary Sebert has spoken on Kesha's recent abuse allegations and related contractual issues...

Kesha‘s mother Rosemary Patricia “Pebe” Sebert has spoken in depth about Kesha’s recent lawsuit and allegations against Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald (Dr Luke), saying the experience “almost destroyed” the singer and her family.

Kesha has accused her producer Dr Luke of sexual abuse – including drugging and raping her – early in her career, and recently unsuccessfully went to court to seek an exit from her six-album recording contract with the producer.

Kesha’s mother Rosemary Sebert has spoken to Billboard about the ongoing dispute in an interview published today (March 10), describing the trauma caused to her daughter and family by the experience.


“She was a prisoner,” Sebert said, adding “It was like someone who beats you every day and hangs you from a chain and then comes in and gives you a piece of bread. Luke would say, ‘You look nice today,’ and send her into ¬≠hysterics of happiness because she was programmed to expect nothing but abuse.”


Speaking on a few other issues surrounding the allegations, Sebert also added: “Kesha’s allowed to work with another producer,” (as Sony have already confirmed), “But Luke gets to approve them. He gets to approve of anyone she works with. He has final say over everything.”

“I wanted Kesha to come forward a long time ago and end this relationship with Dr. Luke immediately after the rape [allegation],” she added. “But if she wanted to have a shot at the music business, she had no choice.”

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson has said she was blackmailed into working with Dr Luke by her label, telling Australian radio station KIIS FM:

“The last time I worked with him I only worked with him because literally I got blackmailed by my label. It was a really hard time for me. They were like, ‘We will not put your album out if you don’t do this’.”

Fans are planning a further (third) protest on Sony’s offices in New York tomorrow, March 11, and plan to use light to shine the #FreeKesha hashtag onto the label’s walls.