Dr. Luke’s Lawyers Deny Rumors Sony Will Drop Him Amid Legal Battle With Kesha

Dr. Luke has denied reports suggesting that Sony is about to drop him amid his legal battle with pop singer Kesha, ABC News reports.

Dr. Luke made it clear via his attorney that he and Sony are not about to part ways anytime soon. The denial was made in response to reports alleging that Sony Music is “expected to end its working relationship” with the mega-producer a year before his contract expires. Dr. Luke’s lawyer told Billboard that the report is “not true.”

“Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up,” Dr. Luke’s spokesperson said.

Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) is embroiled in a legal battle with Kesha, 29, whose 2014 lawsuit claims that the producer sexually assaulted her when she was 18. Dr. Luke filed a counter-lawsuit against the pop singer but dropped charges later on.

Dr. Luke continues to deny the sexual allegations. In February, he took to Twitter to proclaim his innocence.

“Until now I haven’t commented on the lawsuits, which should be resolved in court [and] not here on Twitter. It’s a shame that there’s so much speculation out there basing itself on so little information. The only truly objective person who knows the facts is the judge. The judge did not rule in Kesha’s favor on Friday.”

“I understand why people without all the information are speaking out. I can appreciate their compassion. But lives can get ruined when there’s a rush to judgment before all the facts come out. Look what happened at UVA, Duke, etc. Of course any sane person is against rape and sexual assault, but everybody who is commenting is doing so without knowledge or facts. They are getting behind an allegation only – motivated by money.”

“I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister. Kesha and I made a lot of songs together and it was often good but there were creative differences at times. It’s sad that she would turn a contract negotiation into something so horrendous and untrue.”

Recently, New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich rejected a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Kesha to create and record music without working with Dr. Luke, at least until such time that a final verdict has been made. After the judge’s decision was made, Kesha received an overwhelming amount of support from the media, not the least of which are pop stars Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and Taylor Swift. The call to support Kesha in her legal battle with Dr. Luke spawned the popular hashtag #FreeKesha.

Among the pop stars who spoke up in support of Kesha, Lady Gaga was the most impassioned. Being a rape victim herself, the “Bad Romance” singer has recently become the music world’s ambassador for rape victims. Gaga’s powerful Oscars performance of “Til It Happens To You,” a song about sexual assault, is still being widely praised.


During her interview with 97.1 AMP Radio last month, Gaga again came to Kesha’s defense.

“The truth is I feel like she’s being very publicly shamed for something that happens in the music industry all the time to men and women,” Gaga said.

“I talk to her every day, I’m friends with her personally, and what I’m watching her go through is not only something I’ve been through but something that’s really devastating to witness.”

While Dr. Luke has denied the Sony split rumors, Sony has refused to release a statement on the issue. Dr. Luke’s claim might be true, but there’s no denying the fact that the “false” reports have placed a lot of pressure on Sony’s doorsteps.

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