Inside sources have told The Wrap that Sony Music is planning to end its relationship with producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald a year before his contract is set to expire, after a massive PR headache caused by the inconvenient fact that he's been accused of rape and basically holding performers hostage.
Three weeks ago, a New York judge refused to allow pop singer Kesha out of her contract with Dr. Luke, citing the lack of concrete evidence for her allegations that he had physically and emotionally abused her over a decade-long professional relationship, in addition to drugging and raping her.
After the decision, many people were stunned that Sony declined to drop Dr. Luke. Evidently, the label thought this whole thing would just blow over, proving once again that there's a reason the music industry is dying. Many high-profile artists came forward with their own messages of support for Kesha, including Adele, Lena Dunham, and Kelly Clarkson (who claimed she was blackmailed into working with Dr. Luke). Taylor Swift even gave Kesha a gift of $250,000 to help (despite Demi Lovato's disapproval). The story just kept building and building, making Sony look worse and worse.
Now, Sony has finally pulled the plug on its long, extremely profitable love affair with Dr. Luke. And not a minute too soon. An insider told The Wrap, “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of is confusing, especially for people in the building.” They should feel relieved to know that this scandal will no longer tarnish their severely tarnished reputation. On the plus side, it's not like anyone respects music labels to begin with. Except that badass one from Empire.