Dr. Luke Removed from CEO Position at Sony’s Kemosabe Records Amid Legal Battle with Kesha

Sony Music is distancing itself from Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald amid his ongoing legal battle with Kesha.

According to TheWrap, court documents filed by Sony’s lawyers last week state that Gottwald is no longer the CEO of their Kemosabe Records imprint and “does not have authority to act on its behalf.” The producer established Kemosabe back in 2011.

This update on his relationship with the imprint arrives just before his five-year contract with Sony is set to expire sometime this year. Gottwald has been embroiled in a legal dispute with Kesha since 2014 when the artist sued Gottwald for alleged rape and emotional abuse. He has denied Kesha’s claims time and again.

A New York judge denied Kesha’s request to be released from her recording contract with Sony last February. She recently released emails dated between 2010 and 2016 that paint a picture of his alleged mental and emotional abuse. Gottwald responded by filing court documents of his own that provide context to conversations about Kesha’s eating habits and an argument  between them about the lyrics to “Crazy Kids.”

Apart from a collaboration with Zedd, Kesha has not released a new album since Warrior in 2012.

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