Kesha Wins First Round In Legal Battle With Dr. Luke


The record producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald has lost the first round in his legal war against his former artist Kesha this month, failing to block her claim of being raped by him against his defamation claims against her in court.

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October 2014 saw fans of the star learn that she had filed a lawsuit against the producer in which she claimed she had been forced to snort drugs and was raped by him, going onto claim that she was locked into contracts that robbed her of “any meaningful profit from her work due to Dr. Luke’s exploitation of her over the last decade.”

Luke countered with a complaint of his own hours later, accusing the singer/songwriter of carving out the story in a bid to slice him out of her career and repudiate their long standing record deal.

So, why has Kesha’s case been prioritised over Luke’s?

Billboard explains:

Since the filings, the judges in the case have had to figure out who is going first. With an overcrowded court docket, judges are always leery of expending resources if there’s a pending dispute in another jurisdiction that has the potential of resolving, or at least coloring, a legal action.

Earlier this month, New York Supreme Court justice Shirley Kornreich decided that the California case should move first. In ordering that Dr. Luke’s defamation action be stayed, she said that both lawsuits “present similar claims with the possibility of inconsistent judgments, and the California case alleges specific California statutory claims.”

She also pointed out that Kesha and Dr. Luke both reside there, and that the alleged torts (the claimed sexual abuse, among other things) took place in California.

This arguably gives Kesha a tactical advantage, and Dr. Luke’s side isn’t happy because they see the overall controversy as primarily one over contracts — deals that designate New York as the forum to adjudicate any dispute. For this reason, they’ve been pressing the California judge to delay Kesha’s lawsuit in favor of their own.

Now, in a bid to appeal, Dr. Luke’s side argues that the New York judge “lacked discretion to effectively re-write the parties’ contracts,” to pause a dispute that involves parties who aren’t involved in the California lawsuit, and to hold off on adjudicating his claims of defamation and breach of contract. In short, Dr. Luke is unhappy at the loss of controlling the place and nature of the battle.

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  1. Sherry March 23, 2015

    These industry types like Dr. Luke and Chris Stokes and Marques Houston who go around Raping people and molesting people but are allowed to go free because they have fancy lawyers. I really do hope that the legal system put these perverts behind bars- sexual abuse allegations need to be dealt with and the r***** need to be put in jail before they damage someone elses life.

    Raz B, little Fizz, Omarion, maybe chris brown – and Keisha were all molested and/or r**** and this needs to stop.

    • March 23, 2015

      Lol at you’er comment [excluding the part about Keisha]

  2. Jencarlos Canela March 23, 2015

    Good for her…… R*** is not to be overlooked

  3. SipTheTruth March 23, 2015

    Good. Now I need some new kesha music

    • Truth March 23, 2015


  4. JLo March 23, 2015

    Yes, get his trifling ass.

  5. MISHKA March 23, 2015

    *Hugs* Kesha!

  6. Stinglikebey March 23, 2015

    I’m so glad I hope she wins the entire case! This will show these producers that you can’t get away with it anymore. They think just because the stars aren’t as big as BEYONCÉ they can go around molesting or abusing them

  7. Gee March 23, 2015

    Glad to see justice being served.

  8. Lmfao_Hoe March 23, 2015

    God bless her heart. People tend to forget the industry can be very evil and do harm to you spiritually and emotionally of having break downs ( remember Mariah’s meltdown) i was so saddened for her, including Whitney with her Just Whitney receiving no love from Clive and Michael too with Sony during the Invincible album era. Many of the females and males in the limelight right now don’t even wanna be exploited but have no choice thanks to their contracts. One example can be Ariana, she sings yet trying something that doesn’t seem natural to her with My Everything era.

    • DD1G March 23, 2015

      Clive wasn’t even still at Arista when Just Whitney came out. That’s the only reason that garbage album was allowed to be released in the first place. Had he been there to mentor her, that album (as it was) wouldn’t have seen the light of day.

      Anyways, I’m sorry if Kesha was attacked, abused or whatever she’s claiming…but that’s for her and the court of authority to sort through and reconcile. All I know is that I find ZERO value in her, her music or her as an entertainer. Literally EVERYTHING she’s done has been complete and utter tripe on a harrowing bad level. She was literally one of the worse things to happen to music that I’ve ever seen. And I’m glad that she’s at odds with the guy who basically puppet mastered her success, because when that happens it’s usually curtains for that act. He may be a dog, but no one else “got” her or put her on and my guess is that few other producers/executives will know how package her and so we may be saved from having to hear more from it. Sorry if that came out harsh, but there is NO EXCUSE for someone like Kesha being allowed to run around.

  9. FutureCIARA March 23, 2015

    Dr.Luke just needs to release that Ciara hit already!

  10. musicMatters101 March 23, 2015

    I don’t know who is lying here.

    But what I do think is that regardless of the outcome how in the world can Kesha bring herself out of this situation. How can her career survive this. Like why would Dr. Luke give K$ his best productions (when she likely would not give her best vocal/live performances) if he wins and she is forced to stay on his label.

    If Kesha wins, what other label or producer would want to work with her. She publicly defamed a man. This could have been handled privately but it wasn’t. So to me its a catch 22. No winner for her.

  11. Jamie February 26, 2016

    I hope these protesters purchased her albums…

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