Kesha Claims She Was Offered Freedom From Contract If She Apologized For Dr. Luke Suit — UPDATE
The past year has undoubtedly been a long and very difficult one for Kesha. After a year-long battle to break her contract with Dr. Luke, a Sony music producer who, Kesha claims, has abused her sexually and emotionally, a New York court ruled in February that she would have to uphold the document's terms. In March, Kesha appealed the injunction denial, and has refused to make more music with Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) until her contract is broken. On Sunday, the singer spoke out once more about the matter, sharing an Instagram post that claimed she was offered freedom from her contract if she apologized for the accusations and take back her claims of rape. Bustle has reached out to Sony for comment, but has not heard back at this time.
Update: Dr. Luke's spokesperson has released a new statement to Rolling Stone, which reads:
The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is 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 videotaped sworn testimony — show her allegations are false. The only thing Kesha is not free to do is to continue to lie about Dr. Luke through publicity stunts and outrageous smears, ignoring the fact that by her own free will she went to work and entered into new contracts with Dr. Luke years after this 'incident' supposedly happened. 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. We look forward to our day in court holding Kesha accountable for her lies.
Earlier: Kesha's claims are as follows: "I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie. I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again."
Since news of Kesha's claims against Dr. Luke first became public, fans and celebrities alike have expressed outrage over the treatment of the artist, with many taking to Twitter with the battle cry of #FreeKesha and staging protests outside Sony's offices. And as the Instagram post shows, Kesha herself isn't backing down, but is holding her ground despite all the challenges it may pose to her career. It's a powerful post, and not only for its caption. In the image, Kesha stares straight at the camera with a look of quiet determination that shows just how important standing her ground is to her.
Back in February, following the injunction ruling, a Sony attorney told the New York Times:
Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha. Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party.
Dr. Luke, meanwhile, released his own statement at the time, through his attorney to Rolling Stone, saying:
The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already "free" to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t "free" is a myth ...
As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims… It will further be shown that the incidents alleged never happened.
Kesha's desire to stick to her beliefs despite the consequences is admirable, and fans will undoubtedly continue to share their support and hope for a positive outcome for the singer.