Kesha: Sony “Forced” Me Into An “Abusive Relationship” With Dr. Luke
As Gossip Cop reported in October, the pop star accused her longtime producing partner of sexually assaulting her, in addition to committing other acts of verbal and physical abuse. Dr. Luke filed a countersuit against Kesha and her mother Pebe Sebert, claiming they were lying about the allegations, and extorting him in an attempt to get out of her contract. The legal battle has played out in dueling court filings, and Kesha’s fans accused Luke in January of being the reason she has not released new music.
Now Kesha has added Sony Music Entertainment, her record label, as a co-defendant in her lawsuit, alleging the company fostered a relationship that allowed Luke to abuse not just her, but other artists, too. “Dr. Luke’s proclivity for abusive conduct was open and obvious to [Sony] executives, who either knew of the conduct and turned a blind eye, failed to investigate Dr. Luke’s conduct, failed to take any corrective action, or actively concealed Dr. Luke’s abuse,” says the new complaint.
The filing does not specifically name other singers, but refers to “Jane Doe artists,” and claims Sony’s actions placed them all “in physical danger by giving Dr. Luke full creative and business control, with nearly limitless financial resources, over young female artists who necessarily were compelled to become dependent upon his good will.”
With the dispute ongoing in both New York and California courts, Kesha’s lawyers say Sony has give Luke a “platform to continue his abuse,” “has forced an abusive relationship between Dr. Luke and Ms. Sebert to this day,” and supported “conduct designed to destroy Ms. Sebert’s career in retaliation for Ms. Sebert bravely bringing forward her claims of abuse.” Gossip Cop will continue to have updates. What do you think of Kesha’s latest allegations?