Kesha’s Career Could Be ‘Effectively Over’ As a Result of Lawsuit Against Dr. Luke
Kesha’s lawsuit against her former producer DJ Dr. Luke is continuing to move at a slow and complicated pace, so she’s filed a temporary injunction with the judge in hopes of being able to resume her career.
At the moment, while she’s in the middle of her lawsuit (Kesha is accusing her longtime producer of sexual, verbal and physical abuse), she also remains in an exclusive contract with Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records label (owned by Sony). Her camp is asking the court to expedite her case so that she can sooner sign with another label without being penalized, on top of the fact that the longer she doesn’t work, the more her career is stalled and will perhaps become irreversibly damaged.
In her affidavit filed on Friday, she states, “I cannot work with this monster…So I beg of you to please consider letting me put out my music without me having to work with him, please.” Her lawyer Mark Geragos states:
Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse. 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.
Jim Urie, the former CEO of Universal Music Group Distribution, also filed an affidavit that said, sadly, “If Kesha cannot immediately resume recording…her career is effectively over.”
On the accusations that Kesha doesn’t “feel safe” around Luke and “physically cannot work” with him, Dr. Luke’s team made a statement in response, one that subtly victim-blames, saying:
We are confident this motion will be denied because it is without merit. Kesha continues to make the same false claims of abuse against Dr. Luke she testified never happened under penalty of perjury. As with all pleadings in this case, her affidavit is vague and unsubstantiated, with pivotal details such as dates fudged, and notably fails to address her unequivocal prior sworn testimony to the contrary.
If Kesha now regrets her career being mired in legal proceedings, it’s entirely her making. It was Kesha who chose to file a lawsuit falsely alleging abuse to gain advantage in contract negotiations, and now she must accept the consequences of her improper actions. As long as she continues to stand by her false claims of abuse against Dr. Luke and remains in breach of her contracts, he will continue to protect his professional and personal reputation, as well as his contractual rights, in a court of law. He looks forward to obtaining judgments in his favor.
After Kesha sued Dr. Luke first for sexual assault, he sued back with a defamation lawsuit, claiming he’s a victim of extortion. He has yet to be charged with any crimes, and even got a judge to unseal portions of a 2011 deposition from another dispute, in order to prove that Kesha once testified he neither “roofied” her nor coerced her into sex.
Sony has responded to the lawsuit for the first time, telling the judge simply they’ve been “caught in the crossfire.” Kesha had added Sony to her lawsuit a couple months back, claiming they enabled Dr. Luke.
Kesha’s fans have been supporting her on social media with the hashtag #FreeKesha.