Lady Gaga has always been a supportive and fiercely protective of Kesha during her ongoing battle with Dr. Luke. The Blast has obtained the latest documents of Lady Gaga’s deposition that occurred in September of 2017. Every single word she says is powerful.
Lady Gaga’s lawyer began to explain that Gaga is a survivor and was experiencing PTSD reactions which caused her some trauma and emotional reactions prior to the deposition.
“I just want everyone to understand that, as she has publicly stated in other contexts, as a sex abuse survivor, and I know this from my own personal experience with family members, there are trigger events, and this deposition has proved to be a trigger event for Ms. Germanotta,” her lawyer began.
“And she has experienced in the past few hours some PTSD reactions which is causing some trauma and emotional reactivity. So she is crying now the record will reflect,” the lawyer added.
“What we discussed was, what I recall was her immense sadness and depression and fear. She was visibly very different than when I had seen her before, and – but I can’t say specifically what we spoke about. I just recall it was emotional and I wanted to be there for her.”
“Reputation, if you are asking about his reputation in the world, I don’t feel at liberty to speak for the entire world. So if you are asking what my view is of his reputation, I made my view of him and his reputation when I saw her in that back room. That was an image that – of something that happened to me, and I felt and knew in my heart that she was telling the truth, and I believe her.”
Luke’s lawyer then asked, “With respect to Mr. Gottwald himself, you have absolutely no personal knowledge or information as to any interaction between him and Ms. Sebert, correct, physical or otherwise?”
Gaga replied, “Yes, I do have knowledge.”
Lady Gaga then explained: “She told me he assaulted her.” The lawyer asked if she had nothing other than what Kesha told her, to which the singer then responded, “Well, you know – when men assault women, they don’t invite people over to watch.”
“And when this happens in this industry, it is kept extremely secret, and it is compounded by contracts and manipulative power scenarios that actually include this very situation that we are all in right now.”
The lawyer asked: “But, again, there are people that are falsely accused of rape, aren’t there? You think there has never been a false accusation of rape?”
To which Gaga responded: “You – how about all of the women that are accused of being liars and how she was slut shamed in front of the world, how about that?”
The lawyer rephrased her question to ask what happens when it’s a he-said/she-said situation.
Gaga responded, “I believe it to be true.”
She continued, “I have factual knowledge of her depression. I have factual knowledge of her need for support and love. I have factual knowledge of the spiral that I watched that girl go down. I have factual knowledge of trauma. I am informed and intelligent about this issue. That girl has experienced serious trauma and she is in the middle of the right now. And you are all a party to it.”
Gaga added, “Why on earth would this girl tell the entire world this happened? Why on earth? Do you know what it’s like for survivors? Do you know what it’s like to tell people? Don’t you roll you eyes at me. You should be ashamed of yourself.”
This article originally appeared on The Blast.