It was reported last month that a judge in Manhattan ruled against Kesha in her lawsuit against Sony and her producer Dr. Luke, although her testimony included allegations of sexual abuse. This meant that she would have to stay under contract with the music label. The ruling sparked the #FreeKesha movement and an outpour of support came rushing in, both from the public and her peers.
With the court of public opinion taking aim at Dr. Luke, Sony has announced that the label is looking to drop the producer, according to TheWrap.
“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,” remarked a source speaking to TheWrap. “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.”
Due to the fact that Dr. Luke has not been convicted of a crime, Sont can't terminate the contract on any legal grounds. With that in mind, “a negotiated exit would be most likely to save face on both sides,” states TheWrap.
Kesha claims that she was the victim of physical and mental abuse at the hands of Dr. Luke while being signed to his label, Sony's Kemosabe Records, since 2005. She issued a civil lawsuit in 2014 in an attempt be released and in February 2016 the judge ruled in favor of Sony and Dr. Luke, claiming that invalidating the contract would “undermine the state’s laws governing contracts.”