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Sony to Cut Ties with Kesha’s Dr. Luke: Report

By Alexandra Gratereaux
Posted On Mar 10, 2016
Sony to Cut Ties with Kesha’s Dr. Luke: Report

Rumors are swirling that Dr. Luke— the music producer/writer who has been accused by singer Kesha of rape and sexual assault— will soon be dropped by Sony Music, since this has become a “public relations headache” for the company.

The Wrap is reporting that Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald’s contract with Sony is not up until 2017 and since Dr. Luke has not been convicted or been found guilty of any wrongdoing, the split “would have to be mutual,” an anonymous source told the entertainment publication.

While rumors of an inevitable breakup between Sony and Dr. Luke buzz online, his representatives flatly deny any rumor of Sony terminating Dr. Luke’s contract, saying it is simply “not true.”

“Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony,” one of his legal reps told The Wrap on Wednesday. “His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest level at Sony and this has never come up.”

Nevertheless, Kelly Clarkson was the latest artist to reveal her “demeaning” experience with Dr. Luke.

Clarkson, 33, told Australia’s KIIS in an interview on Monday that she was “blackmailed” by her label into working with Dr. Luke and that “he’s kind of difficult to work with.” Fortunately for Clarkson, this collaboration resulted in various No. 1 hits for the former “American Idol,” including “Since U Been Gone,” “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.”

“Literally I got blackmailed by my label. They were like ‘we will not put your album out if you don’t do this,” Clarkson said in the interview. “Unfortunately, when you have that poor of character – so many artists don’t like you and don’t like working with you – that’s not normal. I get along with everyone I work with, but he’s just not a good guy for me.”

“Obviously, he’s a talented dude,” she continues. “He just lied a lot. I’ve run into a couple of really bad situations. Musically, it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people. And it’s like, ‘What?’ And it makes the artist look bad.”

Kesha, who claims Dr. Luke, aka Lukasz Gottwald, allegedly sexually assaulted her in 2014, was honored with the Visibility Award for her activism against bullies in the LGBT community during the Human Rights Campaign Nashville Equality Dinner over the weekend, where the flamboyant singer broke down in tears talking about her ordeal with the producer and overwhelmed with joy after receiving her accolade.

Kesha, whose full name is Kesha Rose Sebert, attempted to break free from her music contract with Dr. Luke and Sony Music in February, but a judge rejected her request.

“As many of you know I am going through some personal things that have been really intense and hard lately and I just want to say thank you for any support I have received,” she said.

“Fame is strange and unnatural” The “We R Who We R” singer continued. “I’m grateful for it mainly because it has put me in the position where I can actually do something positive for the world,” she said. “That is really the best part of it.”

While Kesha, 29, is not part of the LGBT community, she spoke of the strong ties she has with many LGBT members.

“I’ve met many members of the LGBT community, and some very, very close friends, who have come close to taking their own lives because of the abuse they’ve had to deal with, and that is heartbreaking,” said Kesha. “I don’t want to live in a world where we treat each other like that.”

Choking up, the singer then discussed how her “message has always been about being yourself.”

“We really have to love each other and support each other,” she said.

Recently, Kesha has received support from celebrities such as Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Adele and Taylor Swift, who donated a whopping $250,000 to help Kesha “with any of her financial needs during this trying time.”

On social media, Kesha’s fans have also rallied behind her and the #FreeKesha hashtag has been circling on Twitter.

While Clarkson empathizes with Kesha’s current mishap with Dr. Luke, she says there is not much she can do to help.

“Her experience was different to mine. Her fans are like, ‘Why don’t you stick up for her?’ but I wasn’t there,” Clarkson told KIIS.

When Kesha’s injunction was denied, Clarkson took to Twitter posting, “Trying 2 not say anything since I can’t say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke.”