In the increasingly confusing and convoluted lawsuit between Kesha and Dr. Luke, Dr. Luke now claims that Kesha owes him $1.3 million in royalties. In a new counterclaim in response to last week’s latest development, the producer alleges that while Kesha has been receiving her royalties, “Kesha baselessly refuses to pay Plaintiffs the much larger sums she owes them.” The Hollywood Reporter says that the way that Kesha’s contract is set up, Dr. Luke is supposed to get a 10% cut from the use of her name and likeness and, while Kesha hasn’t released a new album in years, she has performed and sold merchandise in the last year.
In addition to claiming that Kesha owes money, Dr. Luke’s lawyers allege that she is misconstruing the road blocks in place for her to release new music:
Defendant also would have this Court – and the press and public – believe that Gottwald has interfered with her recording process and has prevented her from recording new music. Nothing could be further from the truth. As Kesha’s proposed counterclaim concedes, she is recording in the studio with producers of her choosing and preparation is underway for the release of her next album. Gottwald has not interfered in any way with her recording process; and there is no factual allegation (as opposed to bare conclusion) to the contrary in Kesha’s proposed pleading. The fact that Gottwald never forfeited his rights as CEO of Kemosabe Records does not – and cannot – give rise to any new counterclaim.