The legal team of Dr. Luke expressed satisfaction Friday after a New York judge denied pop singer Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction in her case against the music producer.
Attorney Christine Lepera said in a statement, “We are pleased with the court’s decision from the bench fully denying Ms. Sebert’s motion for a preliminary injunction. As the court recognized, Ms. Sebert has always had the ability to proceed with her career if she so chooses.”
Lepera added, “We remain confident that when all the facts are presented that Ms. Sebert’s allegations against Luke will be shown to be completely false and were asserted solely to extort money and gain contractual leverage.”
Kesha, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, has accused Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) of “sexual and drug-related assault,” and she requested the injunction to allow her to record new music outside of his Kemosabe Records label, which is owned by Sony Music.
New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich sided against Kesha on Friday, saying the singer was “asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.” Kornreich also said Sony has given Kesha “opportunity to record” without Luke.
Following the ruling, several of Kesha’s fellow pop artists took to social media to voice their support for her, including Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, and Ariana Grande.