Sony, which owns Dr. Luke's Kemosabe records, says the company is 'not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha'
Kesha and Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald have both weighed in over the past few days about the legal battle in which they’re currently engaged. Sony Music has now offered a statement about the ongoing litigation through a lawyer. Speaking to The New York Times on behalf of the company, Scott Edelman said, “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.”
Kesha has sought termination of her recording contract after accusing Gottwald, one of her most frequent collaborators, of sexual and drug related assault. Gottwald has denied all allegations — a stance he reaffirmed earlier this week on Twitter — and launched a suit of his own accusing defamation. Kesha’s contract is with Gottwald’s company Kasz Money, which furnishes her services to Sony; this technicality is why Sony claims it cannot terminate her contract.
The case drew renewed interest last week when a New York judge denied Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction, barring her from recording outside of Gottwald’s purview as litigation proceeds. In the days since the ruling, stars including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Lena Dunham, and Adele have voiced their support for Kesha. The singer responded Tuesday, writing on Facebook that she is “beyond words in gratitude.”
Kesha’s fans and supports have plans to protest Sony’s headquarters on Friday.
For more on Kesha’s case, head over to EW’s explainer.