A New York State judge has recently rejected the claims of Kesha in her case against producer Dr. Luke and Sony Music.
Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich said that the 28-year-old singer, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, had “failed to plead that any of the alleged discrimination occurred in New York State or City.”
The court also denied the singer’s claims that the Dr Luke’s alleged abuse constituted a hate crime. According to Judge Werner: “Although Gottwald’s alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, (her claims) do not allege that Gottwald harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha…Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”
Kesha appealed a court decision in February that said that she could not be released form her contract with the producer, who allegedly sexually, emotionally, and physically abused her. Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has repeatedly denied the charges.
The long battle has attracted interest of fans and fellow musicians alike, launching online campaigns like the #FreeKesha movement, and getting support from big stars like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.
She sought undisclosed monetary damages, and wanted to be set free from her contracts with Sony subsidiary Kemosabe, and without Dr. Luke, who has worked with Kesha since she started her career.
The court said that Kesha can keep on making music for Sony without Dr. Luke’s involvement. She continues to be under contract for four more albums with Kemosabe.
Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos, however, said that this claim could be an “illusory promise.” Fortune reported: “The singer argued that the recording company might not fully promote any new music she records due to the nasty legal fight, though Gottwald’s lawyer, Christine Lepera, has countered that Sony Music has already spent roughly $11 million promoting the singer’s music.”