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Producer Dr. Luke moves to dismiss pop singer Kesha's rape claim from civil lawsuit

  • FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Kesha arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Attorneys for music producer Lukasz Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke, filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, seeking the dismissal of claims made by the pop singer, Kesha, that she was raped by her mentor. Gottwald's filings argue that the claims are barred by the statue of limitations. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Kesha arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Attorneys for music producer Lukasz Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke, filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, seeking the dismissal of claims made by the pop singer, Kesha, that she was raped by her mentor. Gottwald's filings argue that the claims are barred by the statue of limitations. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke arrives at the 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Attorneys for the music producer Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke, filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, seeking the dismissal of claims made by the pop singer, Kesha, that she was raped by her mentor. Gottwald's filings argue that the claims are barred by the statue of limitations. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

    FILE - In this April 23, 2014 file photo, Lukasz Gottwald aka Dr. Luke arrives at the 31st Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. Attorneys for the music producer Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke, filed a motion in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, seeking the dismissal of claims made by the pop singer, Kesha, that she was raped by her mentor. Gottwald's filings argue that the claims are barred by the statue of limitations. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)  (The Associated Press)

A hit-making music producer is seeking to dismiss allegations he sexually abused pop singer Kesha.

Attorneys for Lukasz Gottwald, known professionally as Dr. Luke, argue in a court filing Monday that Kesha's claim she was raped by her mentor is barred by the statute of limitations.

Kesha sued Gottwald last month, claiming the producer subjected her to nearly a decade of emotional and sexual abuse. Gottwald sued in New York and has denied he raped his one-time protege. His attorneys say the case is an attempt by the singer to gain a more favorable contract.

Gottwald's filings note Kesha denied in a 2011 deposition that the producer made any sexual advances. Kesha's attorney, Mark Geragos, has said Gottwald threatened to harm Kesha if she ever discussed the alleged rape.

Geragos had no immediate comment on Monday's filing.

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