Los Angeles - Dr Luke has taken to Twitter to deny claims he raped Kesha.
The Tik Tok singer received support from a number of high profile stars after she was denied permission to sever her recording contract with the producer on Friday, following her allegations that he sexually abused her, and now Luke has broken his silence on the subject.
He wrote: "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."
The producer, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, also defended himself in a lengthy Twitter rant, writing: "Until now I haven’t commented on the lawsuits, which should be resolved in court not here on Twitter.
"It’s a shame that there’s so much speculation out there basing itself on so little information.
"The only truly objective person who knows the facts is the judge. The judge did not rule in Kesha's favor on Friday.
"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.
"Imagine if you or somebody you loved was publicly accused of a rape you knew they didn't do. Imagine that. (sic)."
He also slammed Kesha's lawyer, Mark Geragos, writing: "Mark Geragos (kesha's attorney) represented Scott Peterson and Chris Brown. How can he pretend he cares about women's rights? (sic)."
Dr Luke's lawyers also hit out at Kesha in a statement, calling her abuse allegations "devoid of factual detail".
They said: "The court noted multiple times that her vague abuse allegations were devoid of factual detail, and that there was no evidence, whether from doctors or anyone else, to support them.
"Tellingly, Kesha never reported any purported abuse or rape to any law enforcement authority, or even to Sony Music, and further swore under oath in another matter, while accompanied by her team of lawyers, that it never occurred. The goal of Kesha’s counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law.
"As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims."