Wednesday 26 July 2017

Sony Music 'cuts ties' with Dr Luke as Kesha legal battle wages on

Hit-maker Lukasz Gottwald, aka Dr Luke (Invision/AP)
Hit-maker Lukasz Gottwald, aka Dr Luke (Invision/AP)
Struggle: Kesha has been told by the US Supreme Court she can’t leave her contract with music producer Dr Luke.

Sasha Brady

Dr Luke is no longer head of Sony's Kemosabe Records as his legal dispute with Kesha continues.

He has been removed from the record label he founded with Sony, suggesting that the entertainment corporation wishes to distance itself from the hitmaker amid the controversy surrounding his legal battle.

The high-profile producer - real name Lukasz Gottwald - and singer Kesha have been in an ongoing legal battle since 2014, when the producer sued her for defamation and she countersued based on allegations of sexual abuse and coercion).

A court filing dated Friday stated that Kemosabe Records was "wholly-owned by Sony Music Entertainment. Lukasz Gottwald is no longer the CEO... and does not have authority to act on its behalf", according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Struggle: Kesha has been told by the US Supreme Court she can’t leave her contract with music producer Dr Luke.
Struggle: Kesha has been told by the US Supreme Court she can’t leave her contract with music producer Dr Luke.

The site also reports that Dr Luke's page on the Sony Music site has also been removed.

A source told Variety that "Sony still has a relationship with Dr Luke," as far as production but "What is over, however, is Dr Luke's role as CEO of the label Kemosabe Records, the label he founded which came under the Sony umbrella in 2011 and expired at the end of March 2017."

However, the news won't be good for the "Free Kesha" movement as Dr Luke could use being dropped by Sony as evidence of his claims that Kesha's accusations have damaged his career.

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