Last week, a Manhattan judge denied pop singer Ke$ha’s request to end her contract with Sony Music, despite her claims that her producer, Dr Luke, has been sexually assaulting her since she was eighteen years-old. Today, Dr Luke publicly denied the rape allegations against him, meaning the messy battle is set to continue.
Ke$ha (a.k.a. Kesha Rose Sebert) first filed a lawsuit against Dr Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) in 2014, and stated she had been “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused” by her former manager and producer so that “he could maintain complete control over her life and career”.
Excerpt taken from original complaint filed by Ke$ha in 2014
Other pop artists (such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Lorde, and Iggy Azalea) rushed to support Ke$ha, as well as more than 200,000 fans who created a movement to completely boycott Sony products until the singer is released from her contract. And, in response to the allegations, Dr Luke consequently filed a countersuit against Ke$ha.
Gottwald took to Twitter to explain and deny the claims:
“Until now I haven’t commented on the lawsuits, which should be resolved in court not here on Twitter. It’s a shame that there’s so much speculation out there basing itself on so little information.”
“The only truly objective person who knows the facts is the judge. The judge did not rule in Kesha’s favor on Friday […] I understand why people without all the information are speaking out. I can appreciate their compassion […] But lives can get ruined when there’s a rush to judgment before all the facts come out.”
“Of course any sane person is against rape and sexual assault but everybody who is commenting is doing so without knowledge or facts. They are getting behind an allegation only – motivated by money.”
I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.
Nevertheless, Ke$ha’s lawyer claimed that she’d simply been too scared to take any legal action after Gottwald allegedly threatened to “destroy both her and her entire family”, as stated in the official complaint (below).
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Dr Luke’s lawyers also released their own statement, dismissing Ke$ha’s claims as “outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money”:
“The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already “free” to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t “free” is a myth. The sound decision Friday by the Court in denying Kesha’s motion for an injunction made it clear Kesha’s allegations of purported abuse were unconvincing and that she had no basis to void record contracts and copyrights. Dr. Luke and his companies invested in Kesha’s success through their contributions, Sony Music has already spent over $11 million promoting Kesha, and Sony Music and its label Kemosabe Records are committed to continuing to promote her work.
“More significantly, the Court also noted multiple times that her vague abuse allegations were devoid of factual detail, and that there was no evidence, whether from doctors or anyone else, to support them.
“Tellingly, Kesha never reported any purported abuse or rape to any law enforcement authority, or even to Sony Music, and further swore under oath in another matter, while accompanied by her team of lawyers, that it never occurred. The goal of Kesha’s counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law.
“As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims. Kesha to date has never verified the allegations in this case -even when given the opportunity in her affidavit. Nor has she ever offered a credible explanation as to why she would have signed a second recording agreement, recorded two albums and an EP and signed a publishing deal with Dr. Luke after allegedly being sexually abused. It will further be shown that the incidents alleged never happened.”
What’s more, Judge Kornreich (who denied the singer’s request) ultimately defended her decision, pointing out that giving Ke$ha what she wants would result in Sony suffering “irreparable harm”, as the label would never receive the remaining six Ke$ha albums required by the contract.
That being said, Sony has also previously stated that Ke$ha is allowed to collaborate with other producers.
Ke$ha, however, thinks that any future songs she might release apart from Dr Luke would not be promoted properly by the label, because it apparently values the producer more than it values her.
So … what does that mean, exactly? It means Ke$ha only has two options, according to her: to continue working with Gottwald, or potentially jeopardise a musical career which hasn’t really gone anywhere since 2010 anyway.
Whilst we’re dubious of her claims, IPHYB understands that only the people directly involved can really know the truth. Nevertheless, the presumption of innocence until guilt is proven remains imperative to the function of our legal system, and therefore should not be dismissed so easily as it evidently has been here.
If you’re anywhere on planet earth, you’ll probably hear more on this story as it continues.
KE$HA’s Producer DR LUKE Denies Rape Allegations, Legal Battle Continues