April 3, 2016


Kesha Was Offered a Chance to Leave Contract With Dr. Luke If She Apologized for Rape Accusations

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Update (7 p.m. ET): In a statement given to Rolling Stone, a spokesperson for Dr. Luke responded to Kesha's initial Instagram post. Read below. 

"The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims.  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."

Original story: Kesha revealed on Sunday afternoon (April 3) an unexpected twist in her legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke. In an Instagram post, with singer says she was offered a way out of her current contract with Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe Records, pending she publicly apologized for accusing him of rape and emotional abuse in a 2014 lawsuit. 

Kesha's photo was posted with the caption: 

"so. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie. 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."

The singer was denied an injunction against Dr. Luke—real name Lukasz Gottwald—in February, which would have enabled her to sever ties with him completely. Since then, Kesha has received a large amount of emotional and material support from her colleagues in the music industry. Under her current contract with Kemosabe, which is a subsidiary of Sony, Kesha is expected to record another four albums with Dr. Luke, although has refused the prospect of ever working with the producer again.