The music producer accused by Kesha of sexual assault has broken his silence by posting a string of tweets about the case. In them Dr Luke, whose real name is Luckas Gottwald, denies raping the singer or having sex with her. The allegations date back to 2005 when she was 18, soon after she signed with Dr Luke. He has never been charged. Until now he hasn't commented on the case but on Monday night decided to have his say. Across 24 tweets he said Kesha had been "like a sister" to him and that lawsuits "should be resolved in court not here on Twitter".
Kesha has argued that she doesn't want to record any new music with Dr Luke's label, which is owned by Sony Music. She wants to work in a different division of Sony. Twenty-three thousand people have signed a petition aimed at the record company, urging them to release her from the contract. Taylor Swift has lent her support to Kesha donating $250,000 (£176,000) to help her pay for legal fees against her former producer. He fears the claims made against him are damaging his reputation. Kesha's lawyers were unavailable to comment on the tweets. The case is still ongoing as the judge has held off a decision on dismissing both sets of claims until a later date.