Last month, after Kesha sued her collaborator and label boss Lukasz Sebastian “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, a New York State Supreme Court judge denied an injunction that would’ve released her from her contract with with Dr. Luke’s Sony-affiliated Kemosabe Records. Kesha claims that Dr. Luke drugged, raped, assaulted, and abused her for years. And since then, many people within the industry have sided with Kesha, including some of Dr. Luke’s most famous collaborators. It looks like all this will come to a head soon, as Sony is reportedly dropping Dr. Luke.
The Wrap reports that sources are claiming Sony “is expected to end its working relationship” with Gottwald before Gottwald’s contract expires. The Wrap quotes a source as saying, “Kesha has no case in regards to her contract but they can’t afford the Adeles 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.”
It looks likely that this will be a negotiated split, rather than simply Sony severing its contract with Gottwald and risking a lawsuit. Gottwald has denied that he did anything to Kesha. And it’s unclear what it will mean for Kesha and the other artists on Kemosabe if Sony does indeed cut ties completely with Gottwald.
UPDATE: Dr. Luke’s lawyers have issued a statement to Rolling Stone denying that Sony has fired the producer. The statement reads:
This is not true. 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.