A music producer of great talent and promise, Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) is now facing a career dilemma. He was reportedly asked to step down from his post as part of Sony’s Kemosabe Records. The producer is currently embroiled in a bitter legal battle over sexual abuse claims by pop star Kesha.
Dr. Luke is the co-founder of Kemosabe Records. He gained a deal with Sony after he produced pop hits such as Kelly Clarkson’s Since U Been Gone and I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry. He was given complete creative freedom once in Kemosabe, in exchange for all his music rights to the company.
Though the producer has barely managed a few hits in his career, he did come to prominence, though for all the wrong reasons. In 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit claiming multiple occasions when the producer crossed certain boundaries. He had allegedly drugged the singer, raped her repeatedly and threatened her family and her career. He also controlled her singing career, not paying her the dues she deserved and making derogatory remarks about her personally.
Now in a sudden twist of events, Dr. Luke has been removed from Kemosabe Records and the tribute page to him on the Sony website no longer exists. With this move by Sony, it would prove unfavorable for the music producer. Being sacked from such a high profile position points towards some form of guilt. Up until now, the courts have been siding towards Dr. Luke against Kesha, but fortunes should turn now that this latest development from Sony has gone public.
Reps for Sony, Dr. Luke or Kesha did not respond to the media’s questions about whether this news is true or not. And it is also left to be seen what kind of deal they did before the music producer threw down the towel.