Everything You Need To Know About Kesha's Suit With Sony
For the past two years, Kesha has been in a legal battle against Dr. Luke, fighting her former mentor in court on various charges. On Friday, Kesha was denied an injunction against Dr. Luke, or Lukasz Gottwald, and now must continue recording for Sony Music. If Kesha was awarded the injunction, she would be able to record new music outside of her contract with Sony Music and Kemosabe Records, Dr. Luke's label. Unfortunately, due to the judge's ruling, that is not going to happen. Here's everything you need to know about Kesha's trial with Sony and her long battle against Dr. Luke.
According to Page Six, the judge in charge of the case, Shirley Kornreich, said "She has been given the opportunity to record, she can record. She does not have to have any interface at all with Mr. Gottwald in recording or producing." What the judge fails to see is that Kesha does not want to just record and produce new music — Kesha wants to get away from and get rid of Dr. Luke altogether. Being awarded this injunction would put her one step closer to that. Before you make any assumptions on whether or not the judge's ruling was fair, here are all the crucial details.
Kesha entered rehab in Jan. 2014 for an eating disorder
Kesha entered rehab in early 2014 for an eating disorder, which she later went on to say was because of Luke's treatment of her. Allegedly, according to E! Online, Dr. Luke called Kesha a "fat f*cking refrigerator."
Kesha sued Dr. Luke in Oct. 2014 for sexual assault and battery
The performer sued her former long time collaborator and producer, stating that Dr. Luke allegedly "sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused" her. Dr. Luke denied all the charges, according to Rolling Stone. His lawyer, Christine Lepera, said all of Kesha's statements are untrue:
Dr. Luke signed Kesha to his label in 2005 when she was just 18 years old. The two worked together on Kesha's first album release, Animal, released in 2010 and Warrior, released in 2012.
Dr. Luke sued Kesha for defamation shortly after allegations were made
Almost hours after Kesha filed her lawsuit, Dr. Luke fired back at the artist and filed a lawsuit of his own on the same day. In the lawsuit, Dr. Luke claimed that Kesha fabricated allegations made about him and tried to extort money from him so she could get out of her contract with the producer. Additionally, Dr. Luke filed another law suit against Kesha's lawyer for allegations insinuating that Dr. Luke raped Lady Gaga as a teenager.
Kesha's music remained at a standstill for the time being
Last week a judge ruled to dismiss Dr. Luke's cases against Kesha's mom and manager
Last week, a judge in New York ruled to drop two individual lawsuits Dr. Luke filed against Kesha's mom and Kesha's manager, finally giving the singer a win in a lengthy and tiring battle.
Unfortunately, the win was only a short victory for Kesha as she is now locked in to her recording contract with Sony.