In a new statement, Dr. Luke's lawyer, Christine Lepara, has addresses a judge's recent decision to dismiss Kesha's preliminary injunction last Friday in court. “The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already 'free' to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t 'free' is a myth.”
Lepara also reiterates Dr. Luke's innocence from Kesha's allegations of sexual, emotional, and physical abuse. “As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money,” the statement reads. “Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims.”
Last Friday, a Manhattan Supreme Court judge ruled against Kesha's motion for a preliminary injunction to get out of her contract with Dr. Luke. However, the judge reserved to rule on a motion to dismiss the abuse and rape claims until Kesha's lawyers can file more evidence on where and when they happened. In the aftermath of her decision, fans rallied on Twitter in support of the singer with the trending hashtag #FreeKesha. Over the weekend, many of Kesha's peers offered their public support on social media including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Alessia Cara, and Halsey. Demi Lovato posted a series of tweets to tell Kesha that she is a “brave and beautiful girl.” She also called out “self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women's rights.” Taylor Swift also donated $250,000 to Kesha “to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time.” Kesha and her lawyers have not responded to Dr. Luke's most recent statement, which you can read in full below.
Full Statement From Dr. Luke's Attorney, Christine Lepara
The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already “free” to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t “free” is a myth. The sound decision Friday by the Court in denying Kesha's motion for an injunction made it clear Kesha's allegations of purported abuse were unconvincing and that she had no basis to void record contracts and copyrights. Dr. Luke and his companies invested in Kesha's success through their contributions, Sony Music has already spent over $11 million promoting Kesha, and Sony Music and its label Kemosabe Records are committed to continuing to promote her work. More significantly, the Court also noted multiple times that her vague abuse allegations were devoid of factual detail, and that there was no evidence, whether from doctors or anyone else, to support them. Tellingly, Kesha never reported any purported abuse or rape to any law enforcement authority, or even to Sony Music, and further swore under oath in another matter, while accompanied by her team of lawyers, that it never occurred. The goal of Kesha's counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law. As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims. Kesha to date has never verified the allegations in this case -even when given the opportunity in her affidavit. Nor has she ever offered a credible explanation as to why she would have signed a second recording agreement, recorded two albums and an EP and signed a publishing deal with Dr. Luke after allegedly being sexually abused. It will further be shown that the incidents alleged never happened.