Here's another wrinkle to the ongoing drama between Kesha and Dr. Luke…
The Tik Tok singer had her preliminary injunction against the music producer denied on Friday, but now Dr. Luke — born Lukasz Gottwald — has found some legal standing through his lawyer, Christine Lepera.
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The attorney released a statement on Monday indicating that in the minds of the music producer's camp, Kesha's sexual abuse allegations were "unconvincing" and that she had no standing to void the recording contract.
Lepera's statement also has one very important part: Kesha is free to make and release music elsewhere, even under the recording contract as it currently is, without penalty from Sony or Dr. Luke.
Here's Lepera on Kesha's ability to record music elsewhere, in part:
"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."
And then here's more from Lepera, on Kesha's sexual abuse allegations:
"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."
So it sounds like there are two things going on here…
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First, Sony wants to make money off Kesha (they are a business, duh) and they want to record, release, and promote her music to make that money since they've already invested in her career.
But they don't have a lock on Kesha's career, as it's been made to seem. She can make music with other producers… they just won't help her promote it.
Thus, even though she's to record music elsewhere, Sony isn't going to help her with that or with the promotion of her career since they wouldn't see a profit from that.
So while it's incorrect to say that Kesha is locked into her contract with Dr. Luke, it probably is true that if she records elsewhere, she won't be nearly as successful as if she stuck by Sony. Sort of a bizarre catch-22.
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Then, there's the second part: Kesha obviously accused Dr. Luke of some very serious sexual offenses. Lepera believes they have no merit; Kesha obviously believes that they do.
Regardless, it's difficult to imagine Kesha wanting to ever work with her accused rapist again, and regardless of the truth of the allegations, that bridge is probably long ago burned.
Tough situation all around.
What do U think about the ongoing legal drama surrounding Kesha's career?!
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