Kesha and Dr. Luke have filed new court papers with New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich to amend previous claims after courts ruled that she would not be let out of her contract with her alleged abuser.
“You can get a divorce from an abusive spouse,” Kesha‘s legal team wrote in her new countersuit. “You can dissolve a partnership if the relationship becomes irreconcilable. The same opportunity—to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship—should be available to a recording artist. After a February 19, 2016 preliminary injunction hearing, Kesha Rose Sebert is, for the time being, no longer forced to record in the same room with Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, the abusive music producer who has had her under contract for the past eleven years. But allowing Kesha to make music outside Dr. Luke’s presence does not free her from her abuser’s control.”
Regarding any new music, she added, “not one song has been approved, no release date has been set, and there has been no agreement on the critical issue of whether the album will be promoted commensurate with an artist of Kesha’s stature and historical success.”
Kesha also claims that Dr. Luke owes her money and finally paid her some of it.
“It was not until Kesha’s counsel recently threatened further legal action that Dr. Luke released certain funds owed to Kesha in December 2016, two years after they were due. Still, he has not paid her all of the amounts owed. Dr. Luke has similarly worked to deprive Kesha of royalties from ‘Timber,’ the multimillion-unit hit that she recorded and co-wrote with Pitbull. Until the issue was raised with the Court, Kesha had received none of the recording royalties or publishing royalties on ‘Timber’ she was owed,” the papers continued.
Kesha ultimately wants to be freed from her contract.
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