PINK is the latest in a string of musical A-listers to speak out against Dr Luke, the pop producer and songwriter Kesha accused of sexual assault and abuse.
Pink worked with Dr Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, on her 2006 album I’m Not Dead, the collaboration birthing the hit singles Who Knew and U + Ur Hand.
In a new interview with the New York Times, she says she has no insider knowledge of the allegations Kesha made about her former producer — but that the resulting fallout was “karma” in action.
“I don’t know what happened. But I know that regardless of whether or not Dr. Luke did that, this is his karma and he earned it because he’s not a good person,” she said.
“I have told him that to his face and I do not work with him,” she continued.
“He doesn’t do good business, he’s not a kind person, he doesn’t do the right thing when given ample opportunities to do so, and I don’t really feel that bad for him.”
The New York Times reported that Dr. Luke declined to comment when contacted for the article.
Pink isn’t the only former Dr Luke collaborator to come out against the Grammy-winning pop whiz — Kelly Clarkson, whose mid-noughties hits Since U Been Gone, Behind These Hazel Eyes and My Life Would Suck Without You were co-penned by Gottwald, said in an interview last month that she was forced to work with the producer by her record label.
Clarkson said she only worked with Luke “because literally I got blackmailed by my label. They were like, ‘We will not put your album out if you don’t do this.’”
“Unfortunately, when you have that poor of character — so many artists don’t like you and don’t like working with you — that’s not normal. I get along with everyone I work with, but he’s just not a good guy for me,” she continued.
“Obviously, he’s a talented dude. He just lied a lot. I’ve run into a couple of really bad situations. Musically, it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people. And it’s like, ‘What?’ And it makes the artist look bad.”
“He’s kind of difficult to work with; kind of demeaning.”
In the wake of his lawsuit with Kesha, Dr. Luke’s listing was removed from the official Sony Music website and this year it was announced that he is no longer the CEO of the record label imprint he founded, Kemosabe Records. In contrast to his prolific and lucrative decade from 2004 to 2014, he has produced just a handful of songs since the allegations surfaced, none of them hits.