Last week, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich, who denied Kesha an injunction to record music outside of Sony imprint label Kemosabe Records, ruled in favor of Dr. Luke once again by dismissing all but one of Kesha's counterclaims against him. The judge cited "every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime" and ruled most of the discrimination claims can't stand up in court because of "lack of jurisdiction."
Dr. Luke may have won the battle, but it comes at a cost. A spokesperson for Kemosabe tells Pitchfork the company is downsizing on their own accord. "Kemosabe Records and Sony elected to downsize certain departments," the statement reads. "Some of those functions will be handled by Sony as part of their joint venture relationship. Kemosabe continues to be fully operational and is excited about its current releases and the upcoming year."
They add it has nothing to do with the lawsuit Luke is embroiled in with Kesha.
Previous reports claimed Sony was planning on distancing themselves from Kemosabe, but the statement makes it clear they're standing behind Luke.
Even if Dr. Luke is innocent, his reputation is damaged and will cause artists to cease future collaborations in fear of being linked with an accused rapist. But maybe not. Jennifer Lopez just released her new song "Ain't Your Mama" last week and it was produced by Dr. Luke himself.