Kesha Rose Sebert, the lawsuit states, "grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. At eighteen years old, she was an intelligent, family-oriented, and joyful young woman. Ms. Sebert was enrolled in the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) program at her high school, audited classes at the nearby university, and had nearly perfect SAT scores. Ms Sebert excelled academically and had a bright future ahead of her."
Not long after, the suit details how Sebert was convinced to move to Los Angeles and sign a music label run by producer and writer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, Kemosabe Entertainment, which she did in 2005. For the next nine years, Sebert alleges, she was sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by Gottwald, including an incident in which she says he drugged her with GHB before raping her while she was unconscious. On another occasion, he reportedly threatened to have her dog put down. When Sebert went to a rehab facility early in 2014 to get treatment for an eating disorder, her mother blamed Gottwald for criticizing Sebert's physical appearance and comparing her to a refrigerator.
The relationship between Sebert, formerly known as Ke$ha—who emerged as a raunchy, outrageous, audacious pop star in 2010 with the release of her debut album, Animal—and Gottwald was contentious even before then. The producer has filed his own lawsuit against Sebert, claiming that she's attempting to get out of her contract by publicly defaming him, and that she had previously tried to extort him by threatening to go public with her allegations. As a producer and a writer, Gottwald has worked with a litany of musicians over the past decade: Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Pink, Avril Lavigne, Kelly Clarkson, and Flo Rida, whose 2009 single, "Right Round," featured Sebert's vocals in an uncredited performance. A 2010 Billboard profile noted that at the time of publication, Gottwald had a hand in four songs in the current top 10, while also being able to take credit for four out of 20 of the best-selling digital songs of all time. During a particularly prolific year, he had as many number one songs in a 12-month period as the Beatles.