A Manhattan Supreme Court judge has denied pop singer Kesha’s preliminary injunction to temporarily terminate her contract with Sony Records. This means she is still tied to working with “Dr. Luke” (Luke Gottwald), the man who she says physically and psychologically abused her for a decade. Kesha is reportedly contractually obliged to produce another six albums with Sony.
Kesha broke down in tears when the ruling came down, prompting the hashtag #FreeKesha to spread on Twitter as fans protested outside the courthouse. The singer’s harrowing allegations against the producer include that he drugged and raped her when she was 18 years old. Kesha claims she once escaped his Malibu home barefoot, fleeing down California’s coastal highway.
The judge said that Sony had offered Kesha the opportunity to work with another producer, but Kesha’s attorneys described that deal as “an illusory promise.” Dr. Luke’s lawyers have called Kesha’s allegations, filed in a 2014 lawsuit, an “extortionist scheme” to terminate her contract with Dr. Luke’s Sony-affiliated Kemosabe Records label.
The judge did not rule on a motion from Dr. Luke’s lawyers to dismiss Kesha’s suit.