It’s been over a month since Judge Shirley Kornreich dismissed Kesha’s preliminary injunction request to make music without the help of her alleged abuser and confirmed (by Kelly Clarkson) “not good person” Dr. Luke. Kesha really really doesn’t want anything to do with Dr. Luke, so I was a little surprised that when she walked out of court that day, she didn’t do a 180-degree pivot turn and march back in with an appeal. But I guess those kinds of things take about a month to prepare. People says that on Saturday, Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, finally filed that appeal we all expected her to file.
Shortly after Judge Shirley denied Kesha’s request, Kesha released a statement saying she’d be willing to work with Sony if they cut all her ties with Dr. Luke and his label, Kemosabe (which is a subsidiary of Sony). Sony responded by awkwardly tugging at their collars and admitting that they can’t legally do that. In the appeal, Mark Geragos is claiming that Kesha deserves a do-over in court because Sony is forcing her to do work she doesn’t want to do. According to Mark, that would make his client a slave. Apparently the “s” word came up in court back in February, and Mark has brought it out again.
“The court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald. Although it recognized that ‘slavery was done away with a long time ago’ and that ‘[y]ou can’t can’t force someone to work…in a situation in which they don’t want to work,’ the Court’s ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald’s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that. As the Court itself recognized, ‘it’s slavery. You can’t do that.'”
Dr. Luke’s lawyer responded to Kesha’s appeal by releasing a statement slapping at her for wasting time instead of making records, and once again accusing her of making up stories.
“The Court repeatedly stated Kesha was 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 sworn testimony – show her allegations are false. Her attorneys can continue manufacturing even more false and outrageous claims, but the fact remains that her time would be better spent in a studio than wasting time having her lawyer and mother spin lies in the media.”
I can barely spell the word “judicial” without getting a stage-5 headache, so I have no idea how successful Kesha’s appeal will be. I do know that if it doesn’t work, Kesha’s lawyer could always argue that Kesha doesn’t deserve to suffer through a job she hates by bringing up her past work history. “Your honor, please take a look at this footage of my client on The Simple Life. I think we can all agree that working with Paris Hilton has filled Kesha’s shitty job quota.”