Judge Rules Against Kesha In Legal Battle: What It Means For The Singer’s Career

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Bad news, Animals. A judge has sided with Sony in Kesha‘s ongoing legal battles.

New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich has denied Kesha’s bid for an injunction that would free her from her recording contract with producer Dr. Luke, whom Kesha claims drugged, sexually assaulted, and verbally abused her for years.

According to the judge, Sony had given Kesha the opportunity to record without Dr. Luke. However, Kesha’s team alleged that Sony would not promote her music, which her lawyer noted was “setting her up to fail.”

The night before her court date, Kesha thanks her fans for their support during the legal mess.

So what does this mean for Kesha’s music career?

Well, it’s not good.

As we’ve discussed before, Kesha is stuck in a contract with a producer who she refuses to work with due to his alleged abuse.

“Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse,” states a memorandum supporting an injunction that would bar Dr. Luke from interfering with her signing with another label. “She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour. Off the radio and stage and out of the spotlight, Kesha cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships, or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return.”

“Kesha now faces an abysmal decision,” Kesha’s attorney, Mark Geragos, wrote in a statement submitted to the court Friday. “Work with her alleged abuser … or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away. She is precluded from working in perpetuity because the term of her contract can only be satisfied if she records three more albums. Kesha needs the Court’s assistance.”

(Was that “Tik Tok” reference really necessary??)

The judge didn’t make a ruling on the motions to dismiss, reserving that decision for a later time, but did point out some vagueness in Kesha’s counterclaims and may give her an opportunity to file an amended version.

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