Kesha Still Cannot Break Sony Contract, After Judge Rejects Her Appeal Against Dr. Luke

On Wednesday, TMZ reported that a New York Supreme Court judge denied Kesha's appeal to break free of her contract with Sony and music producer Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald). The rejection by Judge Shirley Werner Kornreich stems from Kesha's March appeal against Sony and Dr. Luke, wherein she alleged that her contract is like "slavery" and claimed she was the victim of a "hate crime" by Dr. Luke. Now, those claims have been rejected.

"Although [Dr. Luke’s] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female," the judge declared, "[Kesha did] not allege that [Dr. Luke] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha. Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime."

In February, the same judge denied Kesha the right to break her contract with Dr. Luke, stating, "You're asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry." Sony has stated that Kesha can record without Dr. Luke, but that they cannot break her contract with the producer.

In October 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke claiming he raped her when she was 18 years old and sexually and emotionally abused her. Dr. Luke has repeatedly denied these accusations and has countersued Kesha for defamation. A trial which will address Kesha's sexual assault claims against Dr. Luke is slated to begin in 2017.

On April 3, Dr. Luke's spokesperson released a statement to Rolling Stone, after Kesha claimed she would only ever be free from Dr. Luke if she apologized for the lawsuit. The statement reads:

When Kesha sued the producer in October 2014, her lawyer released the following statement to Billboard:

In February following the injunction ruling, an attorney for Sony told the New York Times: