February 19, singer Kesha (previously stylized as Ke$ha) broke into tears when a judge denied her a preliminary injunction (a court trial before a major trial). The injunction was filed to express Kesha’s desire to terminate her contract between major music corporation Sony and songwriter and producer “Dr. Luke” Lukasz Gottwald after Kesha reported that he “verbally, emotionally, physically and sexually abused” her.
Gottwald signed Kesha onto his label in 2005 when Kesha was 18. The singer first filed a complaint against Dr. Luke in October 2014, asking to be released from any and all contracts that she signed with him.
“I know I cannot work with Dr. Luke,” the singer directly stated to grant her preliminary injunction. “I physically cannot. I don’t feel safe at all. He has threatened me many times.”
Luke did not hesitate to reply to the allegations, however.
“I did not rape Kesha and I never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and I loved her like a sister,” read the February 22 tweet, according to entertainmentweekly.com.
Fans of Kesha sided with her, with some even showing up to her courthouse with signs saying “Free Kesha Now,” “Sony Supports Rape,” etc.
“I am on Kesha’s side,” sophomore McKayla Reidler said. “Her story makes more sense and now that her doctors are coming out saying that she does have depression, she cannot be faking. It seems like she is telling the truth.”
A claim from Dr. Luke’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, says that Kesha is free to work, produce and release music without Luke if she wants to. However, Kesha’s lawyer says she can only work with Dr. Luke and no other producers. Kesha has tried to find other producers, but she could not work with one due to her contract.
“I am on Kesha’s side in this court battle,” freshman Alexis Yoder stated. “She did nothing wrong to be treated like this. Sexual abuse and rape are absolutely wrong. Her producer should be absolutely embarrassed of himself.”
The court case that denied Kesha her freedom to produce music without Luke is bogus. One might think that just because she broke down crying when the decision came in might make her a good and believable liar. But why would a musician, let alone one who has not made music since 2013, lie about being raped and abused by her producer? “Not enough evidence,” was the verdict. That is not acceptable. If the judge were a decent human being, she would have let Kesha be free.