Kesha v. Dr. Luke

Kesha v. Dr. Luke

Rosie Egan, Journalist

You may have heard of a court case that took place in 2014 involving the artist Kesha and her producer, Dr. Luke. She sued him with the goal of voiding their contract on allegations of sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse. Dr. Luke was the executive producer on both of Kesha’s past albums, and also 

on her hit “Timber”. He was restricting her creativity. In response, he countersued Kesha for defamation and breach of contract. He also said Kesha’s accusations were “false and shocking”. Unfortunately, Sony cannot terminate the contract between the two, because Kesha is involved with Dr Luke’s company, not Sony itself.

Other than fans holding up “free Kesha” signs and holding protests, Kesha has accumulated a lot of support from other artists. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha, in support of her and to “help her during these trying times”. Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga also showed their support with posts on social media. Before her performance of “Til It Happens To You”, Gaga stated that she would be thinking of Kesha.

Dr. Luke has not said much publicly,

other than that he never assaulted Kesha, that they had been friends for years and she is like a sister to him. After Kesha tweeted out a thank you to Lady Gaga and Joe Biden for raising awareness to the issue of sexual assault, Dr Luke’s lawyer Christine Lepera told TMZ that Kesha was not a victim, and not an appropriate person to be held up as an example of this important issue.

In the end the case was dismissed. Her case was rejected. Since then, she has come out with her album Rainbow, which is heavily influenced by her struggles in the case, plus all the support she has received.