Sony Music is ending its partnership with music producer Dr. Luke, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Dr. Luke signed a deal with the record label in 2011, becoming CEO of Sony’s Kemosabe Records. He was given artistic freedom and produced record hits for Kelly Clarkson (“Since U Been Gone”), Katy Perry (“I Kissed a Girl”), Miley Cyrus (“Wrecking Ball”), and Pitbull (“Timber”).
Three years later, singer Kesha claimed in a 2014 lawsuit that Dr. Luke tormented physically, emotionally, and sexually for nearly 10 years—a claim Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald has denied.
According to court papers, “Ms. Sebert took the pills and woke up the following afternoon, naked in Dr. Luke’s bed, sore and sick, with no memory of how she got there. Ms. Sebert immediately called her mother and made a ‘fresh complaint,’ telling her that she was naked in Dr. Luke’s hotel room, she did not know where the clothes were, that Dr. Luke had raped her and that she needed to go to the emergency room.”
As a result of the difficult conditions, Kesha asked the court to suspend her contract with the record producer behind her hit single, “Tik Tok.”
Kesha also claimed Sony said it would grant her “freedom” only if she recanted her allegations.
“I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped,” Kesha, real name Kesha Sebert, captioned a makeup-free selfie. “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.”