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Kelly Clarkson: I Was 'Literally Blackmailed' Into Working With Dr. Luke

She speaks out in response to Kesha's allegations
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2016 5:26 PM CST
Kelly Clarkson: I Was 'Literally Blackmailed' Into Working With Dr. Luke
In this March 4, 2015 file photo, American singer and songwriter Kelly Clarkson poses for a portrait to promote her album "Piece by Piece" in New York.   (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Kelly Clarkson says her label "literally blackmailed" her into working with Dr. Luke, the producer Kesha has accused of rape. Clarkson initially tweeted in support of Kesha after a judge told Kesha she must continue working with Dr. Luke to fulfill her recording contract. "Trying 2 not say anything since I can't say anything nice about a person... so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke," Clarkson tweeted at the time. On Monday, Clarkson appeared on Australia's Kyle and Jackie O radio show, where the hosts asked her about the tweet, Time reports. "I only worked with him—even the last time I worked with him—because literally I got blackmailed by my label," she said. "They were like we will not put your album out if you don’t do this."

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"He’s a talented dude but he’s just lied a lot," she said. "I've run into a couple really bad situations. Musically, it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people. It’s like 'What?' It makes the artist look bad. He’s difficult to work with, kind of demeaning, it’s kind of unfortunate. People are like well you’ve worked with Max [Martin] and Luke and I’m like Max and Luke are very different. Obviously the dude is a talented guy but character-wise, no. ... He’s just not a good person to me. We’ve clashed." She added, "When you have that poor of character, like, so many artists don't like you ... that's not normal." Kesha has also gotten support from Taylor Swift—in a big way. Dr. Luke denies Kesha's allegations. (Read more Kelly Clarkson stories.)

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