Judge Dismisses Kesha's Abuse Claims Against Dr. Luke

The pop star can continue to litigate her contract dispute with her producer and Sony Music Entertainment.

07/04/2016 11:26 AM AEST | Updated 07/04/2016 11:32 AM AEST

A New York judge on Wednesday threw out parts of pop star Kesha's lawsuit claiming producer Dr. Luke violated her human rights and committed a hate crime through years of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich ruled that any alleged rape and drugging of Kesha by Dr. Luke didn't happen in New York state and was older than the statute of limitations allows. 

The judge also faulted Kesha's argument that the alleged rape by Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, was a hate crime sparked by bias against women. "Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime," Kornreich said.

Dr. Luke has denied the lawsuit's claims and hasn't been charged with any crime.

Kesha claimed in the lawsuit, filed in 2014, that Dr. Luke's insults about her weight led her to develop an eating disorder. Kornreich, however, disagreed that taunts and disparaging comments constituted emotional distress. 

The ruling leaves only one of the lawsuit's claims intact, dealing with terms of Kesha's multi-album recording contract with Dr. Luke and Sony Music Entertainment on the Kemosabe label. 

Kesha is appealing an earlier ruling that denied her request to be freed from her contract. Dr. Luke and Sony have said she must record four more albums under their deal, though she may work with another producer. 

Days ago on Instagram, Kesha said she was offered her "freedom" in exchange for retracting her claim that she'd been sexually attacked.

Lawyers for Dr. Luke and Kesha didn't respond to requests for comment on the ruling.  

Read the judge's ruling below:

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