Kelly Clarkson: ‘I got blackmailed by my label into working with Dr Luke’

Former American Idol winner explains her relationship with man accused of raping Kesha

Kelly Clarkson has described pop producer Dr Luke as “not a good person” and said she was once “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, 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 KIIS FM 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.

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


The former American Idol winner explained what it was like to work with Gottwald in the studio. “We’ve clashed before. He’s difficult to work with, he’s kind of demeaning,” she said. “Obviously he’s a talented dude but he’s lied a lot. Musically it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people and it makes the artist look bad.”

Clarkson explained that she was thinking of her band and team when she went ahead with the recording session. “We have a whole crew to support, people that depend on us for their livelihood so sometimes you have to make decisions that you just have to swallow that pill.’

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”.