The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne: Kesha Told Me That Dr. Luke Would “Kill” Her

Kesha's Dr. Luke Letters
Kesha documents producer's mistreatments in fan letters.
One of Kesha’s closest friends and collaborator, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, is speaking out about the “Timber” singer and her relationship with her alleged abuser, Dr. Luke.

In an interview with Radio.com, the frontman says he sensed “anxiety” from Kesha when they were working together on the now-shelved collaborative album — dubbed “Lip$ha” — and recalls how the songstress once told him that Dr. Luke would “kill” her if she were to release any new music without her longtime producer’s permission.

“The stuff that we did together [with Kesha] was just spectacular, and it made us want to do more. And I think we did like four or five songs, and then Kesha would remind me, ‘Wayne, I can’t put this music out, Dr. Luke will kill me.’ I was like, ‘Oh! I didn’t know!'” Coyne says.

He continues, “I don’t know Dr. Luke at all, but when we [Kesha and I] speak, I know there’s some anxiety about their relationship. I think she would like to have the freedom to do more things in that spirit. Where it’s not — again, I don’t know their situation — but where it’s not producers producing her. She could produce herself, that’s probably what she is wanting to happen with her own career. I love Kesha, she’s great.”

Currently, Kesha and Dr. Luke — born Lukasz Gottwald — are embroiled in a heated legal battle, in which the former is seeking to be released from her contract after latter had allegedly “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused” her for a decade. In retaliation, Dr. Luke has filed his own lawsuit against Kesha for extortion.

According to reports, Kesha has also spoken about her alleged abuse to her doctors at her rehab center and documented the mistreatments in letters she sent to fans during her time in rehab. However, a recently unsealed 2011 deposition has the “Tik Tok” hitmaker saying while under oath that Dr. Luke have never sexually assaulted her.

According to Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, Kesha didn’t feel comfortable taking legal actions against the super-producer until recently.