Billboard recently conducted an explosive interview with Kesha's mother, Rosemary Patricia "Pebe" Sebert, that reveals startling details about the nature of Kesha's harrowing relationship with record producer Dr. Luke, the man whom she filed a lawsuit against after alleging he sexually and emotionally abused her, as well as manipulated and constricted her career. In the wake of news that Kesha's injunction was denied in late February, and knowing that she'll be under Dr. Luke's control for conceivably the rest of her career, the stories Pebe reveals are made even more disturbing. "She was a prisoner," Pebe told Billboard. "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."
Pebe further disclosed that although Kesha is a platinum-selling musician who regularly made appearances on the Billboard Hot 100, she hasn't been able to put out new music since releasing her second album, Warrior, in 2012 due to Dr. Luke's hold over her. "Kesha's allowed to work with another producer, but Luke gets to approve them. He gets to approve of anyone she works with. He has final say over everything."
The interview also details moments of extreme abuse at the hands of Dr. Luke, who has reportedly been dropped by Sony Music. "I do remember her calling me from the plane telling me that she was so drunk and [how] Dr. Luke came over and started making out with her and was all over her," Kesha's mother recalls, after mentioning that Dr. Luke had forced her daughter to snort an illicit drug. "She told me she felt terrible and was trying to get away from him and then vomited."
Since the decision made by the judge in her court case was announced, Kesha has fortunately had some good news come her way, like successfully selling her Nashville home and receiving an important honour from the Human Rights Campaign. It's good to know Kesha has the support of other powerful female artists in the music industry, most notably rape survivor Lady Gaga.