Kesha’s lawyer compares Dr Luke contract to slavery as she appeals court ruling

Court denied singer an exit from her contract with producer Dr Luke, who she has accused of rape

Kesha has reportedly appealed against a court ruling that denied her an exit from her recording contract with producer Dr Luke, who she has accused of sexual assault.

The singer has accused mentor and label boss Dr Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) of drugging and raping her a decade ago. Last month (February 19), the New York Supreme Court decreed that she could not leave her contract with Dr Luke.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kesha filed paperwork on Monday (March 21) to appeal the decision.

Kesha’s 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.”


“Although it recognised that ‘slavery was done away with a long time ago’ and that ‘[y]ou can’t force someone to work … in a situation in which they don’t want to work,’ the Court’s ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald’s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that.”

Dr Luke has repeatedly denied the accusations and released a statement via his lawyer. “I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her,” he added on Twitter, claiming that Kesha’s lawsuit is “motivated by money”.

Since the original ruling was made, #FreeKesha has been trending on Twitter in support of the star, with some of the biggest female celebrities speaking out. Girls creator Lena Dunham said the court case made her feel “actually sick” while Adele dedicated her Brit award win to the pop star.