Music producer and record label owner Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, better known as Dr Luke, has allegedly been dropped by Sony – but has released a statement claiming the reports are untrue.
Rumours of Dr Luke’s dismissal by Sony, over the ongoing controversy related to Kesha, were initially flagged up by The Wrap – who said that “knowledgeable individuals” at the record label was expected to end their working relationship with the producer.
Dr Luke has been at the centre of an ongoing legal dispute between singer-songwriter Kesha and his record label – relating to allegations of sexual abuse, assault, battery and drugging against the producer, who initially signed her at the age of 18.
Images of Kesha visibly sobbing in the courtroom, following a ruling that she would have to record another six records on Luke’s Kemosabe records, caused an outcry from Kesha fans and high-profile artists across the industry.
While rumours of a dismissal were circulating, Dr Luke’s lawyer was quick to release a statement denying any such thing:
“This is not true. Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up.”
Whether or not Kesha’s ongoing allegations are true, Sony’s public image has a taken a serious pummelling from this ongoing case – with their insistence of Kesha continuing to record in an environment where she claims to have been badly mistreated by a man in a position of power, coming across as extremely heartless.
For now, Dr Luke continues to deny the reports.
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