Sony Music has severed ties with producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) for the ongoing rape allegations made by singer, Kesha Rose Sebert.
The producer, who has churned out hits for pop stars, like Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry, created Kemosabe Records with Sony in 2011.
With Sony’s deal, Dr. Luke gained “extraordinary creative control in return for exclusive rights to his services as a producer,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In Oct. 2014, Kesha accused Dr. Luke of giving her a date-rape drug before taking advantage of her. This prompted the producer to file a defamation claim.
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Although the “Tik Tok” singer filed an injunction to sever ties with the producer’s working relationship, a New York judge rejected the plea.
For now, Sony’s website no longer features Dr. Luke’s bio affiliated with it and the producer does not have authority as CEO.
Court documents also indicate that “Kemosabe Records is wholly-owned by Sony Music Entertainment.”
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While the news appears to be a positive for Kesha, the pop star’s legal team has said that it might be more difficult for her to get out of the contract with Dr. Luke, if Sony distances its relationship with him entirely.
Last year the producer’s attorney, Christine Lepera, claimed, “Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony.”
Referring to whether Sony Music would cut ties with the hitmaker, the statement continued to read, “His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.”