On Tuesday, a New York judge delivered a blow to pop star Kesha Sebert’s ongoing attempt to escape her contract with producer “Dr. Luke” Gottwald.
Kesha has been trying to get out of her contract with Dr. Luke for years, claiming he abused her physically, emotionally and sexually. Dr. Luke denies her accusations, and even countersued Kesha for defamation. But he still won’t let her go. He’s been fighting tooth and nail to keep her in his grasp.
New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich rejected Kesha’s amended lawsuit, ruling that “Gottwald’s allegedly abusive behavior was foreseeable.”
Even if Kesha should have seen it coming, it’s important to remember that she was young and trying desperately to claw her way to the top. Turning down a contract with Dr. Luke could have killed her career. And even if Dr. Luke’s alleged abuse was foreseeable, that doesn’t make it okay.
Think Progress notes that Judge Kornreich is married to an attorney whose firm represents Sony, the company that owns Dr. Luke’s label.
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