Kesha Denied Injunction Against Dr. Luke

Bad news for Kesha: The pop star has been denied an injunction releasing her from her contract with Dr. Luke’s Sony-affiliated Kemosabe Records. Kesha sued Dr. Luke for sexual assault and emotional abuse last year, claiming that the producer and record executive had drugged and assaulted her among other offenses, and Dr. Luke countersued for extortion.

According to tweets from Buzzfeed reporter Mary Georgantopoulos, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled that Sony has provided Kesha with the opportunity to record without Dr. Luke. Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos described that gesture as an “elusive promise” and indicated that Sony has sided with Dr. Luke and would not promote new music she records without him: “They’re setting her up to fail.” The judge communicated that it seems unlikely that a competitive business like Sony would not try to recoup their investment in Kesha: “There has been no showing of irreparable harm. She’s being given opportunity to record.” Sony’s lawyer added, “Our interest is in her success. Our interest in in Dr. Luke’s success. They are not in the least bit mutually exclusive.” Check out Georgantopoulos’ tweets from the courtroom below.

[Note: The original wording of this post indicated that Dr. Luke “drugged and seduced” Kesha. That was inaccurate. Kesha accused Dr. Luke of drugging and sexually assaulting her. This post has been amended to reflect that.]

Tags: Dr. Luke, Kesha