Kesha Says Sony ‘Forced an Abusive Relationship’ Between Her and Dr. Luke
Kesha dropped a bomb on the music industry last year when it was announced that she was suing music producer Dr. Luke for sexually, physically and emotionally abusing her throughout their ten-year working relationship. Now it looks like Kesha is extending that lawsuit to Sony Music Entertainment, claiming they "forced an abusive relationship" to continue between her and Dr. Luke, knowing full well that he had a penchant for "abusive conduct."
The initial suit against Dr. Luke details various instances in which the music producer reportedly assaulted Kesha, including allegedly "forcing himself on her" after making the pop star to snort a substance during a flight. In new papers, Kesha alleges (via Billboard), "Dr. Luke's proclivity for abusive conduct was open and obvious to [Sony Music Entertainment] Doe executives, who either knew of the conduct and turned a blind eye, failed to investigate Dr. Luke's conduct, failed to take any corrective action, or actively concealed Dr. Luke's abuse."
Her reps say that Dr. Luke has victimized other people as well, and that Sony is partly to blame for continuing to allow female artists to work with him. The papers go on to say, "SME's conduct placed Jane Doe female artists, including Ms. Sebert, in physical danger by giving Dr. Luke full creative and business control, with nearly limitless financial resources, over young female artists who necessarily were compelled to become dependent upon his good will."
The allegations go on to claim that Dr. Luke refused to renegotiate his contract with Kesha "as he promised and according to industry custom," and that Sony's giving Dr. Luke a record deal is indicative of supporting his behavior, as he continues to have a "platform to continue his abuse."
They say, "Based on SME's conduct, SME has forced an abusive relationship between Dr. Luke and Ms. [Kesha] Sebert to this day."
Dr. Luke's attorney Christine Lepera responded on his behalf, saying, "This seems like a desperate effort. It's conclusions without facts, and there's nothing new. They are trying to embroil Sony and it won't work."