Last October, Kesha sued producer Dr. Luke, alleging that while signed to his label, he drugged, raped and abused her.
The singer is hoping that these allegations will dissolve her contract with his Kemosabe Records label, freeing her to work with other producers and songwriters. On Friday, she filed a preliminary injunction which would force the judge to make a decision.
Her attorney, celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos, painted a dire picture: “Kesha is at an impasse…her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return.”
Of course, that’s the opinion of her lawyer. But Kesha also submitted an affidavit from Jim Urie, former CEO of Universal Music Group Distribution, who spoke from a more qualified perspective. He said: “If Kesha cannot immediately resume recording…her career is effectively over.”
Throughout this entire ordeal, Dr. Luke has claimed to be a victim of extortion, and fired back with his own defamation lawsuit. A spokesperson for him commented on the recent state of things, saying, “If Kesha now regrets her career being mired in legal proceedings, it’s entirely her making.”
And for the first time, Sony Music, which owns Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe records, weighed in on the case, telling the judge that it’s been “caught in the crossfire."
A few months ago, Kesha added the music giant to her lawsuit, claiming that they enabled Dr. Luke’s behavior.