Judge Dismisses Kesha’s Sexual Abuse Claims
Posted On Apr 09, 2016
Kesha lost a battle in her ongoing legal war with former producer Lukasz Gottwald, aka, Dr. Luke.
On Wednesday, the “Tik Tok” singer’s appeal was thrown out of the court by Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich.
Kornreich said that Kesha “failed to plead that any of the alleged discrimination occurred in New York State or City,” and that therefore that court had no jurisdiction over the case.
Kornreich also dismissed the pop singer’s claim that Dr. Luke committed a hate crime with his alleged abuse.
“Although Gottwald’s alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, (her claims) do not allege that Gottwald harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha,” Kornreich wrote. “Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”
Kesha, who has been involved in an ongoing legal dispute with the Sony music producer over him allegedly sexually assaulting her, has appealed a judge’s decision to keep her in a contract with Dr. Luke.
In February, a judge denied Kesha’s request for an injunction on her recording agreement with Dr. Luke, a decision which Kesha is comparing to slavery.
Kornreich also said that in Kesha’s case the statute of limitations on her abuse claims has expired.
The singer’s legal team has also been fighting for Kesha to freely record music without any input from Dr. Luke.
As of now, Kesha can record with other producers but those producers need to be approved by Dr. Luke first.
For Kesha, winning the legal dispute is more than “a renegotiation of my record contract,” as she posted on her Facebook page last month.
“This is about being free from my abuser,” she stated.
Just a few weeks ago, New You reported that word on the street is that Dr. Luke will soon be dropped by Sony Music since the Kesha case has become a “public relations headache” for the company.
While rumors of an inevitable breakup between Sony and Dr. Luke buzz online, his representatives flatly denied 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. “His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest level at Sony, and this has never come up.”