Last Friday, New York Supreme Judge Shirley Kornreich denied Kesha’s request to separate herself from her Sony contract which forces her to work with Dr Luke, who Kesha says has “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [Kesha] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life,” which is a direct quite from the lawsuit. It is still an ongoing case, as the judge has ruled that there needs to be more evidence provided before she dismisses the lawsuit completely. For now, it doesn’t look great for Kesha, but it’s not quite over yet.
In the light of this week’s case, both Kesha and Sony have released statements concerning the ruling. Kesha, who made a lengthy Facebook post, says that, “this case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal.”
Sony released a statement that essentially completely refuted her statement by saying that Kesha’s, “allegations against Luke will be shown to be completely false and were asserted solely to extort money and gain contractual leverage,” while also adding that she, “always had the ability to proceed with her career if she so chooses.” Dr Luke still denies all allegations made against him.
As a pop star, whose careers are often short-lived, Kesha is worried that her career will be damaged if she is not, “able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused.” Kesha has claimed that Dr Luke raped her, was emotionally manipulative and abusive, and was a large part of the reason why she was admitted to rehab for an eating disorder in early 2014. Kesha says that, “this is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.”
Many celebrities, including Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Lena Dunham, have expressed their support for Kesha. Taylor Swift has even donated $250,000 to Kesha to help her financially during this difficult time. In Kesha’s statement, she expresses her complete gratitude for the support she has seen.
Kesha recognizes that, “this issue is bigger than just about me. I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power.”