You may not like her, or her music, but what’s happening to Ke$ha right now is a major problem.
As you might have heard, last year, Kesha (yes, we’re removing the $ for the remainder of the article) filed a lawsuit against Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, her longtime producer, for allegedly verbally and physically assaulting her for years.
According to the A.V. Club, Dr. Luke then filed a countersuit claiming that the singer was trying to extort him so that she could get out of her contract. In response, Kesha expanded her lawsuit to include all of Sony Music, arguing that the company “chose to ignore that Dr. Luke was drugging and raping her—thereby putting her and other female artists in danger.”
And it doesn’t stop there.
Yahoo has reported that Kesha filed an injunction so that a judge may be forced to make a decision on the issue. As of right now, Kesha is still stuck in her contract with both Sony and Dr. Luke, a contract you can understand she clearly doesn’t want to have to maintain.
According to her lawyer, Mark Geragos, if the court doesn’t do something soon, this situation will seriously impact her career (or, perhaps soon, lack thereof).
Basically, without the ability to record, her brand value is falling faster than someone who brushes their teeth with a bottle of Jack.
In court papers on Friday, he explained to the judge why a determination is needed soon:
“Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse,” states a memorandum supporting an injunction that would prevent Dr. Luke from getting in the way with her signing with another label. “She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour. Off the radio and stage and out of the spotlight, Kesha cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships, or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return.”
Former CEO of Universal Music, Jim Urie, also echoed the sentiment: “If Kesha cannot immediately resume recording…her career is effectively over.”
Yikes. Something sounds incredibly unfair about that.
Both Sony and Dr. Luke’s camp have offered disappointing responses, with the company simply claiming they’ve been “caught in the crossfire” (in other words, they’re content to assume zero responsibility), and a spokesperson for Dr. Luke saying, “If Kesha now regrets her career being mired in legal proceedings,it’s entirely her making.”
Meaning, it’s her fault that her career is ruined because she decided to sue for abuse.