Kesha Has Released Body-Shaming Emails Allegedly Sent by Dr. Luke

He apparently criticized her for breaking a juice fast with Diet Coke and turkey.

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Updated February 16, 10:30 a.m.: Dr. Luke's lawyer, Christine Lepera, has responded to the full Page Six report with the following statement:

"Kesha and her attorneys continue to mislead by refusing to disclose the larger record of evidence showing the bad faith of Kesha Sebert and her representatives which is greatly damaging to them. It also shows the tremendous support that Dr. Luke provided Kesha regarding artistic and personal issues, including Kesha's own concerns over her weight.

Rather than agree to a thorough disclosure, Kesha and her representatives improperly publicized, without Court permission, three out-of-context emails which do not present the full picture regarding the events they concern. For example, these emails do not show that the lyrics of "Crazy Kids" were, in fact, rewritten at Kesha's request. Any claim by Kesha to the contrary is deceiving the public-just like her other meritless claims of wrongdoing by Dr. Luke.

Dr. Luke looks forward to full vindication in Court.

Original story, February 15, 3:15 p.m.: It's been more than a year, but Kesha is still fighting in court (opens in new tab) for legal permission to break ties with producer Dr. Luke, who she says sexually assaulted her, drugged her, and enabled her eating disorder, among other shocking claims (opens in new tab). (Dr. Luke has denied these claims, and so far, Kesha's petitions have been denied in court (opens in new tab).) Now, the New York Post's Page Six (opens in new tab) reports that Kesha's legal team has released emails from Dr. Luke that feature him body-shaming her.

According to the report, the emails were sent in 2012 between Dr. Luke and Kesha's manager, Monica Cornia. One particular exchange involves Kesha's dieting—at the time she was on an all-juice cleanse. "We were having a discussion on how she can be more disciplined with her diet. There have been many times we have all witnessed her breaking her diet plan. This perticular [sic] time—it happened to be diet coke and turkey while on an all juice fast," Dr. Luke wrote.

Cornia noted that Kesha is "a human and not a machine," and Dr. Luke responded, "if she were a machine that would be way cool and we could do whatever we want." Before that, he had once written that top songwriters and producers were "reluctant to give Kesha their songs because of her weight."

Kesha has been open over the years after her struggle with an eating disorder, which sent her to rehab in 2014. She said in an interview a year later that she was in a "dark place," often not eating until she nearly fainted. "The worse it got, the more positive feedback I was getting," she told Vogue. "Inside I was really unhappy, but outside, people were like, 'Wow, you look great.'"

Kesha's legal team wrote in new court documents this week that all the singer wants to do is move on (opens in new tab) and "be free from her abuser and rebuild her physical, emotional, and mental health." We have reached out to lawyers for both Kesha and Dr. Luke for more information on these latest allegations.

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Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.