Music producerDr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) and Kesha filed amendments to their respective court documents on Monday (Jan. 30, 2017) to bolster their arguments in the case surrounding Kesha’s recording contract with Sony.
In Kesha’s amended documents, she once again pleads for liberation from her contract with Gottwald after a judge already denied her motion for an injunction in early 2016.
The new court papers that were filed on Monday read, “You can get a divorce from an abusive spouse. You can dissolve a partnership if the relationship becomes irreconcilable. The same opportunity — to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship — should be available to a recording artist.”
Kesha also claims that her financial support has been cut off and that Gottwald deprived her of royalties from “Timber,” her hit song that she wrote with Pitbull.
“Until the issue was raised with the Court, Kesha had received none of the recording royalties or publishing royalties on ‘Timber’ she was owed,” reads the claim.
“To be clear, Kesha does not seek the renegotiation of contractual terms. She is not demanding more money. Kesha asks for something far more basic: the freedom to make music without being bound indefinitely to the very producer who subjected her to years of abuse and continues that abuse to this day. Dr. Luke seeks tens of millions of dollars in punitive damages from Kesha and her mother. If successful, Kesha and her mother would be penniless.”
Gottwald has a different outlook on the situation entirely. He continues to allege that Kesha and her mother have engaged in a “smear campaign” and that her lawyers have “embarked on a conscious and coordinated effort to ‘blacklist'” him from the recording industry. He also ropes in a new piece of evidence: a text message exchange between Kesha and Lady Gaga in which Kesha told Gaga that Gottwald raped another recording artist.
“On February 26, 2016 — one week after losing her motion for preliminary injunction — Kesha initiated a text message conversation with Stefani Germanotta, the recording artist who is professionally known as ‘Lady Gaga,'” states Gottwald’s amended complaint. “During this text message conversation, Kesha falsely and baselessly asserted that Kesha and another female recording artist (the ‘Other Recording Artist’) had both been raped by Gottwald. Specifically, Kesha told Lady Gaga that ‘she [i.e., the Other Recording Artist] was raped by the same man’ as Kesha. The ‘man’ to whom Kesha referred was Gottwald — as the surrounding context of the text message makes clear. Kesha’s assertions to Lady Gaga were completely false. Gottwald did not rape Kesha, and he did not rape the Other Recording Artist.”
Gottwald also adds that Kesha “breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing by attempting to establish a direct contractual relationship with Kemosabe Records, thereby forcing out KMI and depriving it of the benefit of its bargain as the contractual furnisher of Kesha’s recording services to Kemosabe Records.”
Gottwald’s contract with Sony is set to end in March 2017, which means that Kesha will be left to be controlled by Gottwald’s management until she completes three more albums, “each containing six songs produced individually by Dr. Luke, no matter how many years that takes.”
Kesha and Gottwald’s next court hearing is set for Feb. 14, 2017. Read the full amended complaints here.