Kesha fights back.
Kesha’s reps compare her situation to modern day slavery and urge a judge to dissolve the contract between their client and Dr. Luke so she can record music outside of Sony imprint label Kemosabe Records.
On Monday, Kesha filed paperwork that requests a New York appellate court to reconsider her fate in the ongoing legal dispute with Dr. Luke. The judge who rejected Kesha’s injunction told the singer last month, “you’re asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.”
Kesha’s attorney, Mark Geragos, defends his client. “Plaintiff seeks reversal of the Order on the following grounds,” states her latest court papers according to The Hollywood Reporter. “First, the Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald. Although it recognized that ‘slavery was done away with a long time ago’ and that ‘[y]ou can’t force someone to work . . . in a situation in which they don’t want to work,’ the Court’s ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald’s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that.”
As Billboard points out, Dr. Luke’s legal council believes Kesha is pursuing an agenda to rid herself of the binding contract to record elsewhere. When the “Blow” singer initially filed the injunction, they responded: “If Kesha now regrets her career being mired in legal proceedings, it’s entirely her making.”
When they added Kesha is free to record music without Dr. Luke’s involvement, Geragos stated that was an “illusory promise.” In a recent interview, Kesha’s mom Pebe Sebert claims “Dr. Luke basically owns Kesha until her death,” adding “he doesn’t have to give her any money and is under no time constraints. She can’t legally put any new music out, or he can and will sue her.”