USA Today Reports On Kesha's Appeal Of Dr Luke Injunction Ruling
Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:40:35
Kesha has appealed February's court ruling that holds her to her recording contract with Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), whom she has accused of raping her. The singer was denied a preliminary injunction made last month that would release her from her recording contract with Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records, a subsidiary of Sony. USA TODAY reports, on February 21st, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled against the singer, deciding her contract was sufficient as is, "heavily negotiated and typical for the industry."
The singer's lawyer Mark Geragos asserts "The Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald," Geragos continues, stating that although the judge, "recognized that 'slavery was done away with a long time ago and that 'you can't force someone to work ... in a situation in which they don't want to work,'" the court's ruling "does just that."
Kesha sued Dr. Luke in 2014, alleging she was "sexually, verbally, physically, and emotionally abused" for nearly ten years, since she was signed with his Kemosabe Records label in 2005 at the age of 18. Gottwald countersued for breach of contract.
Luke's attorney, Christine Lepera, responded to Kesha's appeal yesterday, "The Court repeatedly stated Kesha was already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims," said Lapera. "That's because all the evidence — including Kesha's own sworn testimony – show her allegations are false. Her attorneys can continue manufacturing even more false and outrageous claims, but the fact remains that her time would be better spent in a studio than wasting time having her lawyer and mother spin lies in the media."
Recently, rumors had circulated expecting Sony to drop Dr. Luke in a move to distance itself from bad publicity, however, a legal rep for the producer has issued a statement where he says, "This is not true. Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony."
Meanwhile, Kesha has won the support of many high-profile women in the music and entertainment industry including Fiona Apple, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Lena Dunham, and Taylor Swift; who donated $250,000 to Kesha, "to help with any of her financial needs in this trying time."For more on Kesha, check out:
Taylor Swift Donates $250,000 to Kesha
Sony Reportedly Dropping Dr. Luke Due To Kesha Case, Producer's Lawyer Denies Claim
Kesha Issues New Statement
—The ARTISTdirect Staff