Kesha says her ongoing lawsuit against her manager Dr Luke is ending her career … and she is asking the court to let her make music with another label despite still being in contract with Luke.
As ENTmania! reported, the singer filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against Luke almost a year ago shortly after leaving rehab for an eating disorder. Luke fired back with a countersuit, calling her allegations false and accusing her and mother Pebe Sebert of extorting him in order to get out of her contract with him.
In June this year, a judge ruled that Luke’s lawsuit, which was filed in New York, should proceed before Kesha’s, which was filed in Los Angeles. But on Friday, Kesha’s attorneys asked the court to grant a temporary injunction hastening the New York case and allowing her to sign with another label as her career is being damaged by the lawsuit.
‘Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse,’ her lawyers said in court documents. ‘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.’
The documents also repeated Kesha’s sexual abuse claims, adding that she ‘physically cannot’ and does not ‘feel safe’ working around Luke.
Luke’s camp, on the other hand, is ‘confident’ that Kesha’s request will be thrown out, saying in a statement:
We are confident this motion will be denied because it is without merit. Kesha continues to make the same false claims of abuse against Dr. Luke she testified never happened under penalty of perjury. As with all pleadings in this case, her affidavit is vague and unsubstantiated, with pivotal details such as dates fudged, and notably fails to address her unequivocal prior sworn testimony to the contrary.
If Kesha now regrets her career being mired in legal proceedings, it’s entirely her making. It was Kesha who chose to file a lawsuit falsely alleging abuse to gain advantage in contract negotiations, and now she must accept the consequences of her improper actions. As long as she continues to stand by her false claims of abuse against Dr. Luke and remains in breach of her contracts, he will continue to protect his professional and personal reputation, as well as his contractual rights, in a court of law. He looks forward to obtaining judgments in his favor.
As soon as this news broke, ‘#FreedomForKesha’ began trending worldwide on Twitter as her fans rallied to show their support for the singer, who has not made new music since 2012.