Sony To Reportedly Drop Dr. Luke Amid Legal Battle With Kesha

The producer's lawsuit with the singer has apparently become "a public relations headache" for Sony.

10/03/2016 6:12 AM AEDT | Updated 10/03/2016 8:54 AM AEDT
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Producer Dr. Luke at the 31st annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on April 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California.

Sony is expected to end its contract with producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald a year before its expiration, according to The Wrap. 

Sony will likely terminate the contract due to the growing public pressures the label is facing amid the producer's legal battle with Kesha. The lawsuit has apparently become "a public relations headache" for the label. 

“There is no contest. Kesha has no case in regards to her contract but they can’t afford the Adeles of the world out in the streets calling the label unsupportive," a source told the website. "The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of is confusing, especially for people in the building." 

A spokesperson for Sony Music declined to provide a comment for The Wrap, and Gottwald's reps did not return the request at all. 

An attorney for Gottwald told The Huffington Post via email, "This is not true. 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." 

We have also reached out to Sony, as well as a rep for Kesha and will update this post accordingly. 

The current legal battle between Gottwald and Kesha started in 2014, when the "Blow" singer accused the producer of sexual assault and battery. Kesha also alleged that Gottwald forced her to use drugs and alcohol to lower her defenses.

Gottwald filed a countersuit against the now 29-year-old singer, claiming she was extorting him and trying to break her contract with his production company.

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Kesha (center in white) cries as she learns she will not be released from her record label contract in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday, February 19, 2016. A judge said she would not allow Kesha to leave her record label.

Throughout the ongoing legal fight, Kesha was bound to her contract with Gottwald, meaning she was unable to produce music with anyone but him. She filed a motion to be released from her contract but it was denied by a New York judge this past February. The judge ruled that, while Kesha is not allowed to break her contract, she will be able to make music with a different producer on the Sony roster. 

Plenty of fans and celebrities, such as Demi Lovato and Lady Gaga, have come to the defense of Kesha, offering an outpouring of support. Taylor Swift also donated $250,000 to the singer to help with her "financial needs during this trying time." 

Meanwhile, Gottwald maintains that he "didn't rape Kesha" nor has he ever had sex with her.

Fans have also started a Care2 petition urging Sony to release Kesha from her contract. According to a statement sent to The Huffington Post via email, Care2 members are planning to hold a rally in support of Kesha at Sony's New York City headquarters this Friday. 

Kesha has used social media to thank her fans "a million times over" for all of their support, and encouraged them to speak out about their own struggles. 

"Words cannot really express the emotions I've gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love," she wrote in a Facebook statement in February.

She continued, "I think about young girls today -- I don’t want my future daughter -- or your daughter -- or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power." 

The singer thanked fans again at the 2016 Human Rights Campaign Nashville Equality Dinner last week, where she was honored with the Visibility Award for using her platform to speak out against the bullying many members of the LGBT community face. 

"As many of you know I am going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately and I just want to say thank you for any support I've received," Kesha said to a cheering crowd. 

She also told the audience, "My message has always been about being yourself. And we really have to love each other and support each other." 


Note: This post has been updated to include a statement from one of Gottwald's attorneys. 

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