Sony Music is planning to end its working relationship with producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald a year before his contract expires, according to TheWrap.
Pop star Kesha is in the midst of a legal case against Dr. Luke, who allegedly sexually abused her, and her label Sony, which allegedly enabled Dr. Luke’s sexual assault. She is under contract with Dr. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records, owned by Sony, and Dr. Luke has called Kesha’s sexual assault allegations an attempt to extort him and get out of her long-standing contract.
The pop singer filed for an injunction back in September.
“Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse,” a memorandum, which supports an injunction that would bar Dr. Luke from interfering with Kesha signing on with another label, stated. “She cannot work with music producers, publishers or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour. Off the radio and stage and out of the spotlight, Kesha cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return.”
Kesha filed papers in court in late October telling the judge that she had requested to record an album for Sony without Dr. Luke or his record label’s involvement, but her attorney Mark Geragos said in a legal brief that Sony refused to work with Kesha unless she also worked Dr. Luke and Kemosabe.
“Kesha now faces an abysmal decision: work with her alleged abuser…or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away,” Geragos wrote. “She is precluded from working in perpetuity because the term of her contract can only be satisfied if she records three more albums. Kesha needs the Court’s assistance.”
Gottwald’s lawyer issued a statement following TheWrap’s story, saying, “This is not true. Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.”
Sexual assault is a huge public issue for Millennials. About 15 percent of Millennial women report that they have been sexually assaulted, while about 34 percent report that a close friend or family member has been assaulted.