Kesha Not Released from Her Sony Recording Contract, Weeps in Court While Fans Show Support Outside
This legal battle has come to a devastating conclusion.
Kesha arrived to court on Friday, Feb. 19 to plead her case in a hearing against her longtime producer, Dr. Luke, who allegedly sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused her for a decade. The lawsuit by Kesha was filed back in 2014, and Dr. Luke filed a countersuit in response that claimed that the singer and her mother were planning to extort him. He alleged that they would go public with assault allegations if he refused to let Kesha off of her long-term recording contract and grant her with publishing rights to her music.
She prepared the night before with a long-winded message to her fans on Instagram on Thursday night (Feb. 18), writing in the caption of the photo below,
“I have nothing left to hide. I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. this is not just for me. this is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. sexually. emotionally. mentally. I had to tell the truth. so the outcome will be what it will be. there’s nothing left I can do. it’s just so scary to have zero control in your fate. but this is my path this life for whatever reason.”
Fans showed their support outside as she arrived to the courtroom in NYC, chanting “Free Kesha” and holding up signs that chided Dr. Luke for his harassment. [via TMZ] #FreeKesha was also a trending topic on Twitter.
It was later reported by TMZ that Kesha wept in court when a judge ruled that she would not be released from her contract with Sony. “She had sought an injunction allowing her to make an album outside of Sony,” reads the report, “Saying she can work with a different producer under the Sony umbrella.”
Kesha’s lawyers fear that Sony will ruin her reputation if she refuses to work with Dr. Luke, who was not in the courtroom on Friday morning. There is yet to be a decision made by the officials on her claims of abuse.
Launch the gallery at the top of the page to view photos of her arrival to court.