|Pop singer Kesha feuding with longtime producer Dr. Luke. They duke it out in court.|
Kesha is a signed act to RCA records and Kemosabe Records, Inc. Łukasz Gottwald (aka Dr. Luke) is the founder of the label. The label has acts such as Kesha, Juicy J, Becky G, and Lil' Bibby.
Dr. Luke and Kesha were close during her rise. After all, she released her debut album Animal with the hit singles, "Tik Tok", "Your Love Is My Drug" and "Take It Off".
She also scored major hits with "We R Who We R", "Sleazy", and "Blow" off the Cannibal EP.
Then her follow up album Warrior which produced the hits "Die Young", "C'mon" and the Pitbull single "Timber".
She scored worldwide fame as an iconic pop singer. Now five years later, the pop singer is feuding with the label and Dr. Luke. She wants to get off the label, but the U.S. federal court said, no!
Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke for alleged sexual assault and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence, emotional abuse, and violation of California business practices over their 10 years of working together.
She claimed that Dr. Luke repeatedly drugged her, with and without her consent, and that his abuse caused her eating disorder. Kesha asked the court to break her contract with Dr. Luke as well.
In response, Dr. Luke filed a countersuit against Kesha for defamation, accusing her, her mother, and her management of fabricating the abuse claims to break her contract with him.
In November, Dr. Luke asked the judge to dismiss Kesha's allegations of sexually abusing her.
In early December, Dr. Luke filed a defamation lawsuit against Kesha's lawyer, Mark Geragos, accusing him of implications that Luke had raped Lady Gaga. Gaga's team denied any such incident.
Later in December, Luke's defamation lawsuit took a new turn. His lawyers amended the official complaint which now included a handwritten birthday card from Kesha back in 2009. Luke's attorney claimed the card is several years after Kesha alleges he started abusing her. Other additions included several emails between Luke and Kesha's mother, where the latter wrote to him 'You are part of our family'. Dr. Luke further accused Jack Rovner, president of Vector Management of "longstanding antipathy" towards him, alleging Rovner wants more money and control of Kesha's career.
In 2015, during New York Fashion Week, Kesha wore a Discount Universe dress with the words "You Will Never Own Me" on the front of the garment, which has been speculated as an obvious jab at Dr. Luke amid Kesha's recovery.
During the year, Kesha amended her complaint against Dr. Luke and added a suit against Sony Music Entertainment, with Kesha's lawyer claiming "Dr. Luke's proclivity for abusive conduct was open and obvious to [Sony Music Entertainment] executives, who either knew of the conduct and turned a blind eye, failed to investigate Dr. Luke's conduct, failed to take any corrective action, or actively concealed Dr. Luke's abuse."
Kesha sought an injunction with Sony against working and releasing music with Dr Luke and for greater artistic freedom. Kesha's lawyer, Mark Gregaros, responded about the injunction saying "She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour. Off the radio and stage and out of the spotlight, Kesha cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships, or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return." Without the injunction, her career could be effectively over.
Since then, a new petition has been started by Austin Dean, in hopes of gaining awareness to Kesha's situation and support for her injunction. The petition currently has more than 120,000 signatures.
|Kesha in the courtroom visibly upset over the court ruling. Her mom is to the left.|
New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich ruled against Kesha's request for a preliminary injunction that would release her from her contract with Kemosabe Records.
The decision was made after the judge told her lawyer, Mark Geragos, that he was essentially "asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry".
According to the defense, Dr. Luke had already invested $60 million in her career and also offered to allow the singer to fulfill her contract and record without his involvement. The judge also cited what she felt was vagueness in Kesha's counterclaims, referring to the lack of documentation or hospital records supporting the alleged attack.
Before her legal battle against Dr. Luke, in 2011, Kesha had previously sworn under oath that the producer had never assaulted or drugged her in a deposition for a lawsuit against her former managers at DAS Communications, a key piece of evidence that played a role in the court ruling in favor of the defense.
The verdict sparked protests outside the courtroom by Kesha's supporters, and started the "#FreeKesha" movement online.