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Judge Seals Kesha's Medical Records to Keep Her From 'Unnecessary Embarrassment'

The singer reportedly has handed over 900 pages of sensitive medical records in her ongoing legal battle with Sony and producer Dr. Luke



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    In this May 22, 2016 file photo, Kesha performs at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

    On Thursday, a New York judge granted Kesha's request to seal her medical records. According to court documents obtained by E! News, the judge did so to protect her privacy, "insulate her from unnecessary embarrassment and protect her medical providers from the press and the media."

    In the midst of a longtime legal battle with Sony Music and music producer Dr. Luke over her contract and allegations of sexual assault, the singer filed for a protective order against the music mogul to ensure her "personal medical records, any diagnoses, or the names of any of her medical providers" remain confidential."

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    According to the legal papers filed Monday, the star has provided more than 900 pages of her sensitive records — including gynecological, psychiatric, and rehabilitation records going back more than ten years — to the court.

    The Sony parties agreed to maintain the confidentiality of her records, but according to Kesha's attorney James Pearl, Dr. Luke rejected the request and allegedly claimed he has a right to use her records with the public and media "without condition."

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    Kesha was ordered by the court in September to provide her personal records as part of proceedings in her ongoing sexual assault lawsuit against Luke from 2014.

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    In her initial filing, Kesha accused the producer of sexual assault and harassment, among other claims, all of which he has denied. As of August, Kesha had filed to dismiss the lawsuit in California.

    "Kesha has dismissed her California action without prejudice while she pursues her appeal and other legal claims in the New York courts," her attorney Daniel Petrocelli said in a statement to E! News.

    Dr. Luke's attorney Christine Lepera responded in a statement to E! News:

    "Earlier this year, she lost her meritless counterclaims against Dr. Luke in the New York Action. Recently, the California Court invited Dr. Luke and the other defendants to move to dismiss Kesha's claims in that action. Kesha never should have brought her false and meritless claims against Dr. Luke in any court. Dr. Luke's defamation and other claims against Kesha are still proceeding."

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    Kesha is reportedly determined to prevent any potential leaks of her medical paperwork.

    "Because Kesha made public accusations and in the case that she was allegedly harmed by Dr. Luke, the Court ordered her to produce her medical records. Now, Kesha wants to hide her records, while continuing to make self-serving, selective and misleading statements to hurt my clients publicly," Lepera said.

    "Our position is that the Court, not Kesha's lawyers, should decide whether the singer's medical information remains confidential given her public disclosures," the attorney said. "We in fact offered to keep the records confidential pending the Court's decision as to them. Kesha's attorneys refused that offer, and instead filed their misleading motion for more press attacks on my clients."