Sony says it's legally unable to release Kesha from her deal
Sony has broken its silence on Kesha‘s request to be released from her contract with producer Dr Luke and his record label Kemosabe Records, a Sony imprint.
Kesha was denied a termination of her recording contract in a legal case last heard week, on commercial grounds, despite her allegations of sexual abuse against Dr Luke.
Sony’s lawyer Scott Edelman today (February 25) told The New York Times: “Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha.”
“Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party.”
Essentially, Sony say as the contract is between Kesha and Dr Luke’s company Kasz money, Sony has no legal rights to end the contract.
Producer Dr Luke’s lawyer had already commented on Monday that “The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already ‘free’ to record and release music without working with Dr Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t ‘free’ is a myth.”
Kesha has also spoken on the issue today via social media, releasing a statement saying the issue goes beyond her own feelings on the situation.
She said: “I’m so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I’ve received from everyone. Words cannot really express the emotions I’ve gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.”
“All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.”
“But at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me,”