Dr. Luke, the music producer who somehow is still in a position of power despite being accused of sexual assault, keeping Kesha in a contract that Kesha's lawyer argued amounted to "slavery," and having basically every celebrity against him, is in the Kesha-related news again. And, unsurprisingly, he doesn't look great.
Dr. Luke's Sony imprint, Kemosabe, had given Kesha written permission to perform at the Billboard Music Awards on May 22. But when Kemosabe heard that Kesha was allegedly planning to address Dr. Luke's abuse and their contract dispute in the performance, the imprint rescinded their approval.
In an Instagram post after the news broke, Kesha denied that she had planned to talk about anything of the sort in the performance:
The caption reads:
I was very excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of "It ain't me, babe" at the Billboard awards this year. I'm very sad and sorry to say I won't be allowed to do this. I just wanted to make very clear that this performance was about me honoring one of my favorite songwriters of all time and has never had anything at all to do with Dr. Luke. I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way. I simply wanted to sing a song I love to honor an artist I have always looked up to. thank u all for the continued support.
Whether Kesha was going to talk about Dr. Luke or not, you know what makes a person look guilty af? Not letting their accuser speak.