Sony has reportedly severed business ties with Dr. Luke (a.k.a. Lukasz Gottwald), according to The Hollywood Reporter. The decision comes in the middle of the producer's never-ending and nasty legal battle with Kesha. Attorneys for both parties, as well as the singer's reps, have yet to comment.
Dr. Luke, who has produced hits for Kesha, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and other pop stars, is now no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records (a Sony imprint since 2011) and the label claims "he no longer has authority to act on its behalf." THR also points out the producer's page on the label's website has been taken down. Last March, reports surfaced that he was going to be dropped by Sony due to the ongoing legal case. The immediate move would've terminated the label’s relationship with Dr. Luke one year before his contract expired. But his rep swiftly shut down the rumors as false.
"This is not true," the rep told EW. "Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.” Just a month after, Kemosabe Records announced they were laying off staff. Yet they assured that plans to "downsize" the company have nothing to do with the the legal battle.
So what does this all mean for Kesha? It could actually cause more harm than good, as Sony acted as the liaison between the singer and Dr. Luke, who she claims sexually, physically and mentally abused her. Last August, Kesha told a judge she will no longer be using these allegations towards Dr. Luke in her New York lawsuit. While the reported abuse has been an important focal point in her case against the producer and Sony, it's been determined that there hasn't been enough evidence to support the singer's claims in court.
Back in February, the singer and her team reportedly released a series of emails that targeted her body image in their continuous effort to officially cut ties with Dr. Luke. The producer's lawyer Christine Lepera dismissed the allegations, stating "Any claim by Kesha to the contrary is deceiving the public-just like her other meritless claims of wrongdoing by Dr. Luke. Dr. Luke looks forward to full vindication in court." We will continue to update in regards to the producer's relationship with Sony Music.
For more Kesha news, click here to read a legal expert's thoughts on the previous court cases and our breakdown of what all the recent court case changes mean. Below, listen to Fuse's Pop Chat podcast roundtable discussion about the pop singer's situation below: