Dr. Luke's lawyers claim Kesha is "free" to record without him, and "any claim that she isn’t 'free' is a myth."
When a judge denied Kesha's injunction to record outside of Sony and its imprint Kemosabe Records which producer Dr. Luke oversees, an outcry of attention flooded social media and reignited the hashtag #FreeKesha. Fans coined the term months ago amidst the ongoing legal battle to help voice Kesha's allegations against Luke he sexually abused her. His lawyers are claiming not only is she free to record without him, but her claims are outright lies.
"The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already 'free' to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t 'free' is a myth." Lepara added that Sony Music has already invested $11 million promoting Kesha.
Dr. Luke's lawyer Christine Lepara said in a new statement via Rolling Stone, "The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already 'free' to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t 'free' is a myth."
Lepra claims Sony invested $11 million into Kesha's career. And the abuse allegations?
"As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money," the statement continued. "Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims. Tellingly, Kesha never reported any purported abuse or rape to any law enforcement authority, or even to Sony Music, and further swore under oath in another matter, while accompanied by her team of lawyers, that it never occurred. The goal of Kesha's counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law."
Lepra's statement concludes there's not enough evidence to support Kesha's claims she was raped. "More significantly, the Court also noted multiple times that her vague abuse allegations were devoid of factual detail, and that there was no evidence, whether from doctors or anyone else, to support them."
We think they're missing the entire point. Kesha wants nothing to do with Dr. Luke or any facet of Kemosabe Records. By recording material under the Sony umbrella, with or without Luke, she's essentially okaying his abuse. So, no, Kesha is not yet FREE.