Sony Music are reportedly planning to drop Dr. Luke following Kesha’s sexual assault claims.
According to The Wrap, the label is likely to end its working relationship with the producer – real name Lukas Gottwald – a year before his contract expires.
A source said: “There is no contest. Kesha has no case in regards to her contract but they can’t afford the Adele’s of the world out in the streets calling the label unsupportive.
“The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.”
Kesha, who signed to Gottwald’s Kemosabe Records imprint at Sony, filed a lawsuit against Luke and the label in 2014, requesting to exit her deal which was recently denied.
So far, the New York State Supreme Court has sided with Sony given a lack of evidence to support the abuse claims.
It is currently unknown how Sony plans to end its deal with Luke, with a negotiated exit the most likely result.
Another individual close to the case told The Wrap: “Somebody has been convicted via Twitter. No court has convicted this person, so there may not be any legal basis to terminate an agreement. It would have to be mutual.”
Despite the reports, Luke’s attorney has since told TMZ: “Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony, and this has never come up.”
Meanwhile, Kesha’s fans are said to be planning another protest outside her label’s offices in New York City.
The group behind the #FreeKesha movement, led by 18-year-old Michael Eisele, will return to the label’s HQ, having previously protested outside the building twice in February.
This time, the fans plan to project #FreeKesha messages onto the building, while “over 100 protestors [sic] will march on Sony Music Entertainment’s New York City headquarters to deliver over 411,000 signatures from four petitions urging Sony to free Kesha from her contract with Dr. Luke”.
The protest will take place on March 11, at 2pm. Idolator reports that the projections will take place between 7pm and 7:30pm.