The music community is rallying around Kesha, after a judge denied a motion to release her from her record contract with Sony and accused rapist, Dr. Luke.
If you’ve been wondering why we haven’t heard any new music from the Tik Tok singer for quite some time now, it’s because she’s been busy attempting to break free from a legal contract that binds her to a producer whom she alleges has been sexually abusing her for nearly a decade — starting when she was just 18 years old.
Kesha first filed a civil lawsuit against Dr. Luke back in 2014 and has been fighting to be released from her record contract ever since, but her efforts were effectively quashed in court on Friday.
As Consequence Of Sound reports, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich denied Ke$ha’s request for a temporary injunction, which would have voided her Sony deal and made it possible for her to stop working alongside her alleged rapist.
The decision means Kesha will remain bound to Sony until she fulfils the requirements of her contract and must also – therefore – continue working with Dr. Luke.
Defending the legal decision, Judge Kornreich said that granting an injunction would result in Sony suffering “irreparable harm” because the label would never receive the remaining six Ke$ha albums required by the contract. And as the New York Daily News reports, the judge also noted that nullifying the original record deal would “undermine the state’s laws governing contracts”.
As Consequence Of Sound points out, Sony has previously stated that Kesha is allowed to collaborate with other producers. But the singer has been vocal in her belief that any future songs she might release sans Dr. Luke would not be promoted properly by the label, because it values the star producer far more than it values her.
So basically she believes that her options are either to continue working with her alleged rapist or else severely jeopardise her career as an artist.
Responding to the civil lawsuit that the popstar filed two years ago, Dr. Luke called Kesha a “liar” and accused her of extortion.
He has never been criminally charged.
Meanwhile, after Kesha was photographed leaving court in a state of visible distress after the judge’s decision was handed down, fans and popstars alike have offered words of support on social media, with the likes of Lorde, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Best Coast, Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes and more taking to their Twitter accounts, asking Sony to #FreeKesha:
My heart is with @KeshaRose. 💜
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 19, 2016
There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 19, 2016
the fact that kesha has to choose to either freely make music or avoid the person who abused her is outrageous and degrading #freekesha
— bea miller (@beamiller) February 19, 2016
If you don't see why this Kesha issue is a big deal, you're part of the problem. This is exactly why I speak up the way I do #FreeKesha
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) February 19, 2016
Im not accusing anyone of anything, but i believe Kesha deserves the ability to move forward, create and earn a living.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 20, 2016
Trying 2 not say anything since I can't say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke https://t.co/lLhtUHbmgG
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 19, 2016
thank you for all the support in my legal case animals. i love all of you. it's meant the world to me. xoxo pic.twitter.com/arHNPSxFs8
— kesha (@KeshaRose) February 18, 2016