Kesha broke down in tears after the courts denied her request to be released from her contract with Sony and Dr. Luke, the music producer who she alleges raped her and emotionally abused her for 10 years.
Kesha filed a suit against Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, in October 2014, claiming he drugged and raped her when she was 18 and continued to physically and emotionally abuse her.
Dr. Luke denied the charges, claiming Kesha was trying to extort him and filed a countersuit.
“You’re asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry,” said Justice Shirley Kornreich, who presided over the case. “I don’t understand why I have to take the extraordinary measure of granting an injunction.”
Unfortunately, no mention was made of the extraordinary circumstance of the artist being abused by the producer.
The ruling means Kesha is obligated by law to record six more albums with the label, although Dr. Luke did agree to allow the singer to record without his involvement.
Nevertheless, it is understandable that Kesha would want to extricate herself completely from her alleged abuser and block him from any profits she generated with her music.
The court decision prompted outrage from Kesha supporters and the hashtag #FreeKesha began trending.
A number of fellow recording artists tweeted their support for the Tik Tok singer as well.