She was given a cool $250,000 by Taylor Swift to keep fighting, according to CNN, but troubled pop star Kesha has abandoned her sexual assault lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke.
The Verge reports that Kesha has dropped the California suit against producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, whom she accused of sexually assaulting her. Kesha is said to have provided 28 new songs to fulfil her contractual obligations with Gottwald’s record label, Kemosabe Records, under Sony Music. The singer reportedly recorded the tracks at her own expense.
Billboard reports that Kesha had become increasingly frustrated by the legal process in recent weeks, complaining that the duties that were expected of her were “f*****g horrible.”
I don’t know if you guys know what I am going through. I’m going through a lawsuit. It’s f—**g horrible.”
The lithe singer also made a splash today when she posted a sexy Instagram shot showing her lying naked on a hotel bed, looking fatigued.
Hollywood Life wonders who the person behind the camera could be — perhaps the new mystery love has been giving Kesha advice about dealing with her suit and getting her music career back on track.
“There is no camera in Kesha’s hands. So, who is the mysterious individual behind the lens? We only ask because, the blonde bombshell is butt naked, literally.”
Kesha alleged in her now-cancelled lawsuit that Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald drugged, raped, and psychologically abused her. Kesha’s team claims that the abuse began when she moved to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue a music career and lasted until she had her breakthrough with the single “Tik Tok” five years later. Lukasz Gottwald denies the charges.
Taylor Swift came to Kesha’s defense in February this year after a judge ruled against Kesha, denying her plea to be released from her contract and to record music independently of Dr. Luke. A photograph of Kesha in court, looking distressed as she learns she will have to continue to work with her alleged rapist, was quickly flashed around the world, and #FreeKesha began trending.
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Kesha requested an injunction that would free her from her six-album contract with Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records and let her record and release music elsewhere. The label reportedly offered to let her work with in-house producers other than Lukasz Gottwald, but refused to release her from the contract.
In an interesting twist, Hollywood Life reported that Taylor Swift supported Kesha because Taylor wanted to show her enemy Kanye West that she will defend women against men who are serial attackers. The publication claimed that Taylor Swift’s $250,000 donation to Kesha was a message to Kanye West “to back off”!
Taylor showed by donating to Kesha that she supports women who are attacked by men and she is so strong that she isn’t going to allow someone like Kanye to alter her path and live in any way
Dr. Luke’s spokesman accused Kesha of lying and trying to get out of her contract with the label that nurtured her so she can go off and pursue more lucrative contracts, reports Sugarscape.
“Her goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones.”
It is indeed true that Sony took a chance on Kesha when she was an unknown, and the terms of that pre-fame contract were probably very poor, from the artist’s point of view. It makes sense that Kesha could be motivated to break away from a deal she signed when she was a struggling singer and pursue something better now that she’s had some hits and can demand more money and other perks.
It would indeed be very frustrating to have to to continue working under a label that signed you for a pittance. However, the label is within its rights to try to cash in on the risky investments they make in artists, many of which do not pay off as Kesha has.
Dr. Luke’s spokesman emphasized that Kesha is free to record without Dr Luke and does not even need to see him. Dr. Luke’s representative quipped that “The only thing Kesha is not free to do is to continue to lie about Dr Luke through publicity stunts and outrageous smears.”
Intriguingly, Sony has recently lost another artist they nurtured to fame, with Liam Payne of One Direction opting to jump ship and record his post-One Direction solo music with a rival label.
Simon Cowell made it clear that this is not something they look kindly upon. Mirror reports that Simon praised Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, and Niall Horan for their loyalty but blasted Liam, saying that it’s annoying to lose an artist you invested in.
“It is a bit annoying if I am honest with you – mainly because it is a another label who has now got your artist who you worked with for so many years… But that is the music business, unfortunately. I don’t think anyone else from [One Direction] will do that.”
Some outlets have claimed that Kesha will now pursue a different case in a court outside California. Kesha-lovers urged each other to keep this in mind as #KeepFightingKesha trended today
Kesha didn't drop the entire lawsuit. She still has her appeals in New York. We need more information before we judge.. #KeshaKeepFighting— leSassCat (@leSassCat) August 2, 2016
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