Singer Kesha's legal crusade against her music producer — whom she accused of sexually assault and abusing her for a decade — was delivered a potentially fatal blow this week.
The singer wants to be released from her contract with Sony, which she said would force her to work with producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald for a series of new albums. Her fans likened the contract to slavery and forcing an alleged victim into daily contact with her accused rapist.
Kesha had filed a lawsuit against Gottwald, claiming he sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her for 10 years. His legal team, meanwhile, released a statement saying, “Any claim that she isn’t ‘free’ is a myth.
“The goal of Kesha’s counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law.”
Kesha lost the case and filed an appeal to release her from her contract with Sony. However, a New York court threw out her appeal to be freed from her contract by emergency injunction, denying the singer’s claim that she was the victim of a hate crime.
“Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime,” concluded Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich.
A strange statement coming from a Supreme Court justice, but then against people generally have a very strange and skewed way of dealing with rape.
That judge in Kesha's case admitted that there was a rape, but being raped by your coworker isn't grounds to be freed from a contract.— Yo Gaudi (@DearLeader10) April 6, 2016
Kesha has gone public and told her fans that she was apparently offered her freedom from the contract if she apologized and retracted her accusations of rape.
Fellow Sony recording artist Kelly Clarkson has had to work with Dr. Luke as well and doesn’t have much good to say about him.
"Obviously the dude is a talented guy, but character-wise, no," Clarkson said in an interview. "I only worked with him — even the last time I worked with him — because literally I got blackmailed by my label. They were like, 'We will not put your album out if you don't do this.'"
The case sparked the #FreeKesha campaign on social media, with supporters saying they had delivered more than 400,000 signatures on petitions asking Sony to release Kesha from her contract.
The singer is also receiving backup from fellow musicians. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha, while Adele, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande have also voiced their support for the singer.