Kesha’s legal battle against Dr. Luke has been raging since 2014, with nasty accusations being flung from both sides, with Kesha explosively accusing Dr. Luke of raping her while he fired back with a defamation suit.
One thing that has remained consistent throughout, however, has been Sony’s support of the producer (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) who has helmed hits for such artists as Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull and Avril Lavigne — until now.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Dr. Luke’s relationship with Sony has apparently crumbled. He’s no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records and the company asserts he no longer has authority to act on its behalf. A page devoted to Dr. Luke on Sony Music’s website has also been taken down.”
As THR notes, this latest development may not necessarily work in Kesha’s favour. As she noted in her most recent appeal in the case — her third pending appeal — she points out that Dr. Luke’s relationship with Sony “was imminently about to end” and she’ll no longer be able to rely on the label as a “go-between” in her dealings with Dr. Luke.
In a countersuit filed in January, Kesha continued to argue for emancipation from Dr. Luke: “You can get a divorce from an abusive spouse,” reads the filing. “You can dissolve a partnership if the relationship becomes irreconcilable. The same opportunity – to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship – should be available to a recording artist. After a February 19, 2016, preliminary injunction hearing, Kesha Rose Sebert is, for the time being, no longer forced to record in the same room with Lukasz ‘Dr. Luke’ Gottwald, the abusive music producer who has had her under contract for the past eleven years. But allowing Kesha to make music outside Dr. Luke’s presence does not free her from her abuser’s control.”
Attorneys for Dr. Luke and Sony declined to comment on the story, adds THR, while reps for Kesha reps were unavailable for comment.