March 21, 2016


Kesha Appeals Last Month's Dr. Luke Injunction Denial

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In February, a judge denied an injunction that would have allowed Kesha to record outside of her contract with Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald prior to the beginning of their trial. The denial caused a groundswell of support for Kesha on social media and from several artists, and on Monday (Mar. 21), Kesha reportedly filed paperwork appealing the judge's decision.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kesha's latest court document "seeks reversal of the Order on the following grounds. 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."

New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich denied the injunction on Feb. 19, during a hearing in which Kesha was seen sobbing and at which several protestors supported the pop singer outside. Kesha has alleged that Dr. Luke emotionally, physically and sexually abused her throughout their working relationship, which the producer has vehemently denied.

Click here to read a legal expert's thoughts on the Kesha court case.