It’s been a bit since we’ve heard about Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke in which she accuses him of “sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abus[ing her] for 10 years,” but the case has been slowly moving forward and The Hollywood Reporter says that the suit has now been amended to include Sony Music Entertainment as a defendant. The amended version of the lawsuit posits that the label has made a “substantial investment” in Dr. Luke for his hit-making status, and that they are culpable for his actions and gave him “a platform to continue his abuse.” It goes on to say:
Dr. Luke’s proclivity for abusive conduct was open and obvious to [Sony Music Entertainment] Doe executives, who either knew of the conduct and turned a blind eye, failed to investigate Dr. Luke’s conduct, failed to take any corrective action, or actively concealed Dr. Luke’s abuse.
SME’s conduct placed Jane Doe female artists, including Ms. Sebert, in physical danger by giving Dr. Luke full creative and business control, with nearly limitless financial resources, over young female artists who necessarily were compelled to become dependent upon his good will.
Dr. Luke has a separate lawsuit that was filed in New York which has now been put on pause to wait for a verdict in Kesha’s case, which was filed in California. By bringing Sony Music Entertainment into the suit, Kesha may force the case to be tried in the California court system due to her contract with them not holding up in New York.
The amended lawsuit states that SME is continuing to support Dr. Luke’s “conduct designed to destroy Ms. Sebert’s career in retaliation for Ms. Sebert bravely bringing forward her claims of abuse.”