Judge Dismisses Kesha’s “Hate Crime” Claims Against Dr. Luke
New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich threw out Kesha’s appeal to be released from her contract with Sony after she was denied preliminary injunction back in February. TMZ reports that Judge Kornreich also denied that Kesha was the victim of a “hate crime.”
“Although [Luke’s] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, [her claims] do no allege that [Luke] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha.”
The judge ended with this … “Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”
The Hollywood Reporter published a more extensive piece that details more of Kornreich’s statement:
Kornreich also rules that such a claim can’t be predicated on all of the abusive remarks and threats made over a ten-year period — that there needs to be physical violence or property damage. The only allegation that fits is Dr. Luke’s alleged assault of Kesha on an airplane and rape in a hotel before 2008, but that’s past a statute-of-limitations that no longer than five years. “The claim is time-barred,” states the judge’s opinion.
As for a claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress, the judge writes that “insults about her value as an artist, her looks, and her weight are insufficient to constitute extreme, outrageous conduct intolerable in civilized society.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, all but one of Kesha’s claims have been thrown out. Read more here.