Judge rules singer Kesha must work with producer who allegedly raped her

Judge rules singer Kesha must work with producer who allegedly raped her
Published: 2016 February 20 07:47:49 (9210 Views)
Singer Kesha broke into tears on Friday when a Manhattan Supreme Court judge refused to let her walk away from a six-album deal with Sony — and the man she claims raped her.

The singer had sought to nullify her recording contract because it brought her into contact with super-producer Dr. Luke, whose real name is Luke Gottwald.

The 28-year-old, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, claims that Dr. Luke drugged her with a pill that made her black out and raped her shortly after her 18th birthday in California. He was never criminally charged.

Sony has offered to let her work with another producer, but Kesha said she fears the company won't promote her music as heavily if she's not working with Gottwald, their biggest hitmaker.

Dozens of fans rallied outside the courthouse in support of the shellshocked singer as she emerged from the courthouse.

"Free Kesha Now! Free Kesha Now!" they chanted as the singer walked down the front steps with her entourage.

A few minutes earlier, she had hugged a weeping fan outside the courtroom.

"You don't deserve this at all. It's unfair," the fan, Lindsay Scarpa, told her.



Kesha declined to speak with reporters.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said Sony would suffer irreparable harm if Kesha was not compelled to abide by a contract that requires her to make six more albums with the company.

The judge said that granting the singer's request to nullify her deal would undermine the state's laws governing contracts and the court couldn't do that.

Kesha's lawyer, Mark Geragos, argued that Sony's promise to connect her to another producer was "illusory" because even if the recordings were made, the record company wouldn't promote them.

He contended that Sony had more invested in Dr. Luke than in Kesha and it would do everything to protect him because he makes them more money.

Kesha, seated in court next to her mother in a back row, initially looked stunned as the judge refused to issue the injunction.

Dr. Luke and Sony are also trying to dismiss the underlying case in which Kesha contends Dr. Luke abused her emotionally and psychologically for a decade

Christine Lepera, a lawyer for Dr. Luke, said in a statement that the allegations against him "were asserted solely to extort money and gain contractual leverage."



Source - NYDN

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