Sony distances itself from Dr. Luke amid Kesha court battle

April 26 (UPI) — Dr. Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, is no longer the CEO of Sony’s Kemosabe Records as his ongoing legal battle with Kesha continues.

“Lukasz Gottwald is no longer the CEO of Kemosabe Records and does not have authority to act on its behalf,” a new court filling made by Sony’s legal team states, according to Pitchfork.

Kemosabe Records was established by Dr. Luke and Sony in 2011 after the producer gained notoriety for helming hit songs such as Kelly Clarkson‘s “Since U Been Gone,” and Katy Perry‘s “I Kissed a Girl.”

Dr. Luke’s page on Sony’s music site has also been removed.

In March of 2016, reports first surfaced that Sony wanted to distance themselves from Dr. Luke over the negative publicity surrounding his legal battle with Kesha who says he raped and abused her.

Recently, Dr. Luke gained another legal victory when New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich rejected Kesha’s amended lawsuit against the hitmaker. The ruling was similar to one made in April 2016 in which the pop star’s claims were dismissed.

Dr. Luke in response sued Kesha for defamation for the allegations of sexual abuse. The 30-year-old who is still under contract with Dr. Luke had initially tried to escape the deal.

“You can get a divorce from an abusive spouse. You can dissolve a partnership if the relationship becomes irreconcilable. The same opportunity — to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship — should be available to a recording artist, ” Kesha said in her proposed countersuit in January.

Kornreich also recently denied Kesha declaratory relief after she expressed her concerns about Sony terminating their partnership with Dr. Luke which would leave her third album in limbo.

“It is speculative, not justiciable, whether Sony’s contract is ending and whether it will be able to assist after this month,” the judge said at the time. “Furthermore, KMI [Dr. Luke’s company] may not choose to exercise its options for future albums after the third is released.”


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