Kesha’s Lawsuit Against Sony and Dr. Luke Thrown Out
Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke and Sony has been thrown out. Last month, a judge ruled that the singer must honor her recording contract under the label, and the "Tik Tok" singer contested that decision. Unfortunately for her, she was unsuccessful.
The star tried to get an emergency order that would allow release from her Sony deal on the grounds of alleged rape and tormenting. Sony Records, however, moved swiftly to get the entire case thrown out and the judge has sided with Sony dismissing Kesha’s “unreasonable” claims.
Judge Shirley Kornriech tossed the majority of Kesha's case. The singer alleged that Dr. Luke raped and was verbally abusive to her, accused the producer (born Luke Gottwald) of committing a hate crime against her. Her lawyers also argued that Kesha being made to adhere to the Sony contract was akin to slavery. Judge Kornriech disagreed.
Dr. Luke was alleged to have attacked Kesha in 2005 and 2008, but a victim must bring a claim within no more than five years of an incident, the judge found.
“Although [Gottwald’s] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, [Kesha’s claims] do no allege that [Gottwald] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha,” the ruling reads.
“Every rape is not a gender motivated crime,” Kornreich wrote.
Despite what appears to be a major setback in her fight, the judge ruled that Kesha can continue her case against Gottwald and Sony over whether her contract is still valid based on the fact that the producer sued her for money damages instead of performance after her attempt to break her recording agreement.