The producer Dr. Luke has won the latest round of his ongoing legal war with his artist Kesha.
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Slammed by the star’s fans after she accused him of raping her on several occasions as he controlled her career, Luke has now learned that a judge has denied her request to destroy the contract that still binds them professionally.
This means the singer is contractually obliged to work with her alleged attacker.
The singer has been pushing for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to record outside of Dr. Luke’s purview. Her attorneys have told the judge that the careers of pop stars are short and that if an injunction doesn’t issue, the irreparable harm she faces is a ruined career. After being briefed on the arguments, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich was skeptical.
Luke denies Kesha’s claims and says the entertainer fabricated the story “after becoming frustrated by a stalled career.”
At today’s hearing, Justice Kornreich’s role was sorting through this mess, deciding not only whether an injunction should issue, but also whether to grant either of the dueling motions to dismiss.
Geragos acknowledged that Kesha has always been amenable to recording with Sony, separate from Luke’s company, but also that the offer from the other side amounted to an “elusive promise.” As the hearing continues on the subject of which claims will move forward, Kesha may have to accept Dr. Luke’s offer as the only available option for her at the moment.
That isn’t all.
For, Kornreich also surprised the chart topper’s fans by pointing at the “lack of medical evidence” she has to prove she was assaulted by the producer.
Keep it locked on TGJ for more on his distressing story.