On Friday a Manhattan Supreme Court Judge refused to let Kesha walk away from her contract with Sony. The pop singer sought to be freed from the six album agreement because it brought her into contact with producer Dr. Luke, real name Luke Gottwald, who is alleged to have both mentally and sexually abused the pop star.
The 28-year-old singer, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, claims that Dr. Luke drugged her with a pill that made her black out and raped her shortly after her 18th birthday. He was never criminally charged.
Sony, after much fighting from Kesha and her team, have gone as far as to offer her another producer for the remainder of her albums with them. Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, argued that Sony’s promise to connect her to another producer was “illusory” because even if the recordings were made, the record company wouldn’t promote them – because she’s not working with Gottwald, their biggest hitmaker.
He argued that Sony had more invested in Dr. Luke than in Kesha, and would therefore do everything to protect him because he makes them more money.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich declared that Sony would suffer irreparable harm if Kesha was not compelled to abide by a contract that requires her to make six more albums with the company.
The judge said that granting the singer’s request to nullify her deal would undermine the state’s laws governing contracts, and the court couldn’t do that.
Dr. Luke and Sony are also trying to dismiss the underlying case, in which Kesha contends Dr. Luke abused her emotionally and psychologically for a decade
Christine Lepera, a lawyer for Dr. Luke, stated that the allegations against him “were asserted solely to extort money and gain contractual leverage.”
Celebrities and the public have come out in support of Kesha, using the #freekesha, after heartbreaking pictures of Kesha sobbing in the courtroom found their way into the public eye.
Trying 2 not say anything since I can’t say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke https://t.co/lLhtUHbmgG
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 19, 2016
My heart is with @KeshaRose. 💜
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 19, 2016
standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone
— Lorde (@lorde) February 19, 2016
My thoughts are with @KeshaRose today. I’m sorry you’ve had to endure this experience.
— lily (@lilyallen) February 19, 2016
If two people dont want to be in business with one another it seems very cruel for one to hold the other in a contract.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2016
Im not accusing anyone of anything, but i believe Kesha deserves the ability to move forward, create and earn a living.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 20, 2016