Lady Gaga, who has been an outspoken supporter of fellow artist, Kesha, throughout her legal battle with music producer Dr Luke has found herself embroiled further still after being issued with a subpoena by the producer's legal team.
In 2014, Kesha sued Dr Luke for alleged sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse, and violation of California business practices which had occurred over 10 years working together.
In 2016, judge Shirley Kornreich rejected all of Kesha's claims against Dr Luke in a move which only intensified support for the 30-year-old singer.
However, according to Dr Luke's legal team, Lady Gaga's support for the Tik Tok singer is akin to a 'smear campaign', and the American Horror Story star is now being required to give evidence in the producer's defamation case against Kesha.
"Dr. Luke's counsel served a subpoena on Lady Gaga because she has relevant information regarding, among other things, false statements about Dr. Luke made to her by Kesha," attorneys for Dr Luke explained in a recent statement.
"This motion has become necessary because Dr. Luke's counsel has not been able to obtain, despite repeated request, a deposition date from Lady Gaga."
Responding to the subpoena, Lady Gaga's legal team insists their client is a mere pawn in Dr Luke's attempt to manipulate the truth.
"As Lady Gaga's legal team will present to the court, she has provided all of the relevant information in her possession and is at most an ancillary witness in this process," representatives for the Grammy Award winner said.
"Dr. Luke's team is attempting to manipulate the truth and draw press attention to their case by exaggerating Lady Gaga's role and falsely accusing her of dodging reasonable requests."
According to reports, Lady Gaga may not be the only high-profile name required to take part in depositions, with Dr Luke's legal team confirming as much.
"In connection with Dr. Luke’s defamation claims against Kesha, various third parties are being deposed by both sides, including celebrities," Dr Luke's team confirmed.