On Wednesday, State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich dismissed singer Kesha's appeal to be let go from her contract with Sony and producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), whom she alleges physically and sexually assaulted and emotionally abused her. In her appeal, Kesha's lawyer Mark Geragos argued that keeping her under contract was not unlike “slavery,” because Kesha's career would be dependent on her working with Dr. Luke.
Meanwhile, Sony wants the whole case thrown out, and the judge has ruled in their favor again. According to TMZ, Judge Kornreich doesn't agree that Kesha is trapped, reasoning that she could choose another Sony producer with whom to work. (Kesha's concern with that, though, is that she's worried Sony won't promote her music if she chooses to work with another producer.)
As for the 29-year-old's claims that Dr. Luke physically assaulted her in 2005 and 2008, the judge dismissed those based on the statute of limitations.
And regarding Kesha's claims of emotional abuse, the judge stated: “Her claims of insults about her value as an artist, her looks and her weight are insufficient to constitute extreme, outrageous conduct intolerable in civilized society."
Kesha also asserted that she was the victim of a hate crime against women, to which the judge responded:
Although [Luke's] alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, [her claims] do not allege that [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.
Wednesday's ruling was for an appeal in New York; Kesha apparently had a similar appeal pending for L.A., but TMZ reports that that's been put on hold. So what does this mean for Kesha and her career? There were rumors that Sony was letting Dr. Luke go, but Dr. Luke says he's not getting fired. Either way, for now it seems she's stuck in this contract that requires her to make six more albums with Sony.