Kesha Asked To Lie For Her Freedom, Dr. Luke’s Lawyers Respond

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UPDATE: A spokesperson for Dr. Luke has released a statement to EW in response to Kesha’s latest post.

“The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims,” the statement said. ”That’s because all the evidence — including Kesha’s own videotaped sworn testimony — show her allegations are false. The only thing Kesha is not free to do is to continue to lie about Dr. Luke through publicity stunts and outrageous smears, ignoring the fact that by her own free will she went to work and entered into new contracts with Dr. Luke years after this ‘incident’ supposedly happened. Her goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones. We look forward to our day in court holding Kesha accountable for her lies.”

Kesha could be free to record new music… *IF* she makes a public apology.

That’s not something she’s willing to do. Kesha will remain under contract with Dr. Luke and Sony’s Kemosabe Records until the law decides an appropriate resolution. Or unless she lies.

Kesha posted on Instagram on Sunday she would be released from Kemosabe if she and say she was never raped.

“so. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie,” she wrote. “I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.”

Last month, 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, “you’re asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry.”

Kesha’s attorney, Mark Geragos, defendeds 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.”

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.”

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