So remember way way back to October 2014 when Kesha got real serious and accused her longtime collaborator and producer, Dr. Luke, of being all kinds of abusive and sued him to get out of her contract with Sony so she didn’t have to work with him anymore? Well, Kesha’s showdown with Dr. Luke happened this morning in New York City, and it didn’t exactly end the way Kesha was hoping it would.
Even though Kesha’s “Reasons I Can’t Work With Dr. Luke” list is long and includes some pretty awful shit, like accusing him of drugging and raping her and being the reason why she ended up in rehab for an eating disorder, a judge wasn’t willing to tear up the contract she signed with Dr. Luke. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dr. Luke’s people argued that he had sunk $60 million into Kesha’s career and that she sort of owed him some more records. They also deny any kind of Cosby stuff happened between Dr. Luke and Kesha.
Dr. Luke’s people also argued that she could totally make the rest of her music without Dr. Luke’s involvement if she wants, and apparently that was enough for the judge. THR says the judge told Kesha’s attorney that it’s not a reasonable request to “decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry” and that her instinct is “to do the commercially reasonable thing.” Which is to keep Kesha’s contract out of the paper shredder for now.
No word on whether or not Kesha will try to appeal the judge’s decision. But TMZ did catch up with her while she was leaving court (see above working some on-point Real Housewives of North Caldwell realness), and her attorneys say they’re worried Sony will “blackball” her if she refuses to work with Dr. Luke.
This is all such a mess. OF COURSE Kesha will refuse to work with Dr. Luke! I’ve said no to work for a lot less (refusal to acknowledge Jonathan Brandis Day as a legitimate holiday being the most common one). I guess the only solution is for her to change her name from Ke$ha to Kanda¢e and try to get a new recording contract with someone else. Although the jig will totally be up the second she steps on to her first music video shoot and demands more drunk alien unicorns covered in glitter slime.
Here’s more of Kesha leaving the courthouse this morning, as well as some of Kesha and her boyfriend arriving at the airport last night.