by Menal Raju

Singer Kesha experienced a setback in her civil lawsuit against Sony producer Luke Gottwald. Kesha is suing Gottwald, more commonly known as “Dr. Luke” for years of alleged sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Manhattan Judge Shirley Werner Kornreich denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Kesha to record outside her six-album contract with Dr. Luke.


Kesha leaving courthouse in Manhattan. Photo by AP Images.


The lawsuit went into depth about how Dr. Luke, 42, drugged and raped Kesha, now 29. Kesha also claimed that Dr. Luke was controlled and psychologically abused her for years. “Dr. Luke has been tyrannical and abusive since our relationship began,” Kesha stated in a September affidavit.”I was too young and naive to even ­understand what he was doing to me.”


“Kesha’s allowed to work with another producer,” Kesha’s mother Pebe Sebert told Billboard Magazine. “But Luke gets to approve them. He gets to approve of anyone she works with. He has final say over everything.” Kesha hasn’t made new music since 2012.  Kesha wants to nullify her six album deal with Sony because it would bring her in contact with Dr. Luke. Sony has offered to allow Kesha to work with another Sony producer, but Kesha fears that the label won’t promote her as heavily if she’s not working with their best producer.

Fans and numerous celebrities have tweeted support, including Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, JoJo, Lily Allen, Halsey, Sara Bareilles and Lady Gaga.Taylor Swift even donated $250,000 to Kesha to help Kesha with any of her financial needs during the trial.  #FreeKesha has been trending on twitter, which captured the attention of our Stuart community. Junior, Jasmine Davis said, “I think this situation is wrong, and that she should be able to buy herself out of the contract, considering the circumstances.” However, Senior, Adiel Lopez disagrees, “A contract is a legal binding agreement. Sony has accommodated Kesha by letting her work with another producer, she should honor her agreement.”

Rumours about Sony firing Dr. Luke have been circulating the media recently. Gottwald’s attorney, Christine Lepera refuted those claims, “This is not true,” Lepera told Rolling Stone. “Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.

            Kesha is shining a light on the abuse of women in the entertainment industry.  Girls creator Lena Dunham explained to the Hollywood Reporter Kesha’s case touches on many issues, “What’s happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers.”