Kesha Seeks Appeal In Dr. Luke Lawsuit, Claims Contract Is “Tantamount To Slavery”

Kesha is seeking an appeal in her lawsuit against Dr. Luke, after Judge Shirley Kornreich decided in February that allowing Kesha to leave her contract with Sony would set a dangerous precedent for the business interests of record labels. Kesha went public with her story in 2014, claiming that Dr. Luke had raped and abused her.

Sony has offered to let Kesha continue recording without Dr. Luke, but Kesha and her attorneys have countered that there’s no way to guarantee that Sony will follow through on that offer in the end. Kelly Clarkson recently claimed that Sony blackmailed her into working with Dr. Luke. For his part, Dr. Luke says that he never raped or abused anyone.

Kesha’s lawyers say that Judge Kornreich’s decision puts Kesha in a position that is “tantamount to slavery,” and that her business interests aren’t being considered:

“Kesha submitted affidavits by individuals with over 100 years of collective personal experience in the music industry, each of whom attested to the fact that a young star’s fame will fade quickly, and permanently, due to a loss of momentum.”

The hearing for Kesha’s appeal isn’t scheduled. Meanwhile, she’s receiving a tremendous amount of support from fans and from musicians like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.


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