The judge in Kesha’s case has ruled in Sony’s favour
Kesha has lost her legal bid to be released from her contract with Sony.
Earlier today, a New York judge threw out the singer’s case, siding with the major label, reports TMZ.
In October 2014, the pop star filed a lawsuit against her long-time producer Dr Luke for “mental manipulation, emotional abuse and sexual assault”, and was looking to be freed from her contract with him.
New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich previously denied the singer a preliminary injunction in February, telling the singer that Dr Luke’s offer to allow her to record without his involvement “decimates her argument.”
Kesha filed for an appeal last month. Her attorney Mark Geragos compared the singer being tied to her recording contract to slavery, writing in the court papers: “Plaintiff seeks reversal of the Order on the following grounds. First, the Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald.”
The judge rejected the comparison after Sony said they will not push the artist to work exclusively with Dr. Luke.
Kesha also claimed that Dr. Luke’s alleged abuse amounted to a hate crime but Kornreich decided against her.
The judge said: “Although [Luke’s] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, [her claims] do no allege that [Luke] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha.”
The verdict comes after rumours that Sony Music are planning to drop Dr. Luke.