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Judge rejects Kesha’s sexual abuse claims, last effort to free herself from Sony, Dr. Luke

7 April 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

New York City, NY, United States (4E) – A judge has rejected the sexual abuse claims of Kesha against Dr. Luke, which is the singer’s last effort to free herself from her contract with the music producer as well as the company Sony.

The 29-year-old singer sued the music producer in 2014 for sexual assault and battery and was seeking to nullify her contract with Dr. Luke. The music producer, 42, filed a countersuit and called the allegations of the 29-year-old singer as defamatory adding that they only want to extort money from him. He stands by his claims that he has never had sex with Kesha and that he did not rape her. Kesha , on the other hand, claims that she was drugged by him and was physically, mentally, and emotionally abused.

Last February, a judge has denied Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction. It would have allowed her to released new music outside the company and the label of Dr. Luke. Two weeks ago, Kesha and her legal team filed an appeal and pressed for a New York Court date.

However, on Wednesday, a New York City judge denied the appeal. This means that her contact with Sony and Dr. Luke is still valid thus she cannot release new music without their approval. The judge stated that the appeal of Kesha and her team were unreasonable because Sony was “ready, willing, and able to approve a producer with whom Kesha can work other than [Luke].” It was announced in the February ruling that Kesha could work with Sony without having any connection with Dr. Luke.

Kesha argued in her appeal that she was the victim of a hate crime but the NYC judge said, "Although [Luke's] alleged actions were directed to Kesha , who is female, [her claims] do not allege that [Luke] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha ." The judge also said that every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.

Just recently, Kesha took to Instagram to claim that she was promised her freedom if she will retract her statements against Dr. Luke and that if she would apologize publicly to the music producer. She added in her latest Instagram post: “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.”

Kesha has not yet issued a statement in the NYC ruling.