Katy Perry Said She 'Would Be Attacked' If She Defended Dr. Luke Over Kesha in their Sexual Assault Case, Lawsuit Shows

The testimony Katy Perry gave as a part of Kesha and producer Dr. Luke's legal battle has surfaced in its entirety, but its arrival revealed how the pop singer-turned-television personality surmised that backing her former collaborator over his apparent victim could hurt her career.

Perry, legally Katheryn Hudson, and Dr. Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, had established a working relationship early in her career. Dr. Luke produced and helped pen many of her greatest hits, including "Roar" from Prism (2013) and "California Gurls" from Teenage Dream (2010). However, she disassociated from him when developing her fifth studio album Witness—a record that was met with mixed feedback from fans and critics alike. 

Perry gave her testimony at the New York Supreme Court on July 21, 2017. In court documents obtained by The Blast on Friday, more insight was given into what Perry disclosed in her testimony. While it was revealed in August that Perry denied allegations Dr. Luke sexually assaulted in her deposition, the full testimony shows the "Swish Swish" songstress detailing how she felt forced to support Kesha over Dr. Luke.

"I felt pressured, but I also knew both of them and a lot of people did not," Perry, 34, said. "So it was easy for them to be disattached and support an idea rather than an actual instance." 

Perry then claimed there was "one hundred percent" concern of her being subjected to further scrutiny, saying: "Just that I would be attacked, I would be the one woman that is against women and I'm not against women, but I believe in innocent until proven guilty and I believe in justice."

Katy Perry Testimony Revealed Katy Perry said she was concerned she'd be attacked for backing Dr. Luke over Kesha in their sexual assault case. Here, Perry is pictured attending the amfAR Gala Los Angeles 2018 at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 18, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Perry additionally explained her decision to stop working with Dr. Luke. She suggested it "would not be well received" to work with him "because of this lawsuit."

"Because of the—how would you say this—because of working with Dr. Luke, the association with working with Dr. Luke was a negative at the time and still is because of this incident," Perry said.

Kesha, legally Kesha Sebert, filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke in October 2014. The 31-year-old "Woman" singer accused him of multiple wrongdoings including sexual assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil harassment. However, in 2016, Luke has firmly rejected Kesha's accusations.

"I understand why people without all the information are speaking out," he tweeted. "I can appreciate their compassion. But lives can get ruined when there's a rush to judgment before all the facts come out. Look what happened at UVA, Duke, etc. Of course, any sane person is against rape and sexual assault, but everybody who is commenting is doing so without knowledge or facts. They are getting behind an allegation only—motivated by money."

Dr. Luke continued, "I didn't rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister. Kesha has denied under oath the horrible allegations now being made against me."

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