Pop star Ke$ha and her mother and manager team have won a counter lawsuit filed by the star’s producer, Dr.Luke, after he claimed the star made rape allegations against him to get out of a recording contract.
The singer claimed to have suffered “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault” after working with Dr Luke. She made claims against him last September 2014
The judges ruled that Kesha’s suit would be heard first, which is still in the process of being resolved. Meanwhile, Dr.Luke launched his counter argument which claimed that Ke$ha’s Mother, Pebe Sebert, and her manager Jack Rovner of Vector Management, tried to ‘cajole’ her out of her recording commitments, and that Pebe had committed defamation by allegedly orchestrating a public smear campaign accusing him of sexual and drug-related abuse of Kesha.
Kesha claims in her suit that Dr Luke – who she signed with at the age of 18 – made her snort something before getting on a plane “and during the trip he forced himself on her while she was drugged”. She also alleges that she was given something Dr Luke called “sober pills” before waking up the next day “naked in Dr Luke’s bed, sore, sick… and with no memory of how she got there.”
Accrording to Billboard, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich grants Pebe’s motion to dismiss, determining there’s no jurisdiction over Kesha’s mother. The defendant successfully argued that the alleged injury didn’t occur in New York and that she’s not a party to a forum selection clause in Kesha’s recording contracts.
“The ruling is only the first battle for Pebe as Dr. Luke has filed a substantially similar lawsuit against her in Tennessee out of caution. The decision only means that she won’t have to litigate on two fronts” wrote The Hollywood Reporter.
Kesha is unable to release music outside of her agreement with Dr Luke and Sony Music, a block that has been in place since 2013. Last year, 53,000 people signed the Care2 petition demanding Sony Music Entertainment release the pop star from her record deal.
“Sony’s refusal to end Kesha’s contract with Dr Luke sends a very clear message that the company values money over the well-being and safety of an artist,” petition author Rebecca Pimmel claimed.
“The thousands of people who have signed the Care2 petition worldwide have heard that message and are urging Sony to grant Kesha her creative freedom.”
In court papers filed in September, Kesha’s attorney Mark Geragos pushed for a preliminary injunction, claiming a New York judge will have to determine if she is likely to succeed in her claims that her recording contracts are void.
“Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse,” Geragos writes. “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 court case has remained open due to the contract tying her to Dr Luke and Sony Music. Ke$sha is seeking a preliminary injunction to enable her to record outside of Sony and Dr.Luke’s control.