In a massive blow to artists who may be silently going through any inconvenience or even abuse by the record labels, the Court has made a negative ruling in the Kesha Vs. Dr. Luke assault case. To take you back to how it all started, Your Love Is My Drug singer Kesha filed a lawsuit against her producer, Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) stating that he had sexually and verbally abused her, threatened her and even drugged her during her initial days when she was just making her mark on the music charts. In one instance, she said that she woke up in his bed without any garments on, not remembering how she got there. In another frightening instance, she said he threatened her by telling her that if she ever tried to break their contract or release information about what was going on behind the scenes, he would make sure that her career ended.
Kesha has been on contract with Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records, that is owned by Sony. According to her contract, she would need to work on 6 more albums with the record company before she can start working elsewhere. Since her lawsuit, she has been unable to make any music, and even now as per the ruling, she will be forced to produce more music under Kemosabe Records and Sony until the contract expires. However, she doesn’t need to work with Dr. Luke anymore, and another producer will be helping her with her music.
Dr. Luke has filed a lawsuit himself against Kesha, stating that the whole story has been made up to “extort money and gain contractual leverage” against the producer. In an official statement, the label released, it said: “We are pleased with the court’s decision from the bench fully denying Ms. Sebert’s (Kesha’s) motion for a preliminary injunction”.
In the meantime, fellow artists have raised their voices in support of Kesha and the ordeal that has taken years for her to find any reprieve from. Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Lorde and others tweeted immediately after the ruling. In related news, Taylor Swift has reportedly donated $250,000 to Kesha for her legal troubles.
However, there doesn’t seem to be any support from the music community at large towards Kesha and the ordeal she may have gone through at such an early time in her career.
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