Kesha controversy: singer claims she was offered ‘freedom’ if she went back on rape claims

This weekend saw another dark turn in the ongoing dispute between singer-songwriter Kehsa, Dr. Luke and Sony record label.

The 29-year-old artist took to Instagram to share even more damaging allegations against Lukasz Gottwald (known as Dr. Luke) and his Sony sub-label Kemosabe records – in a war of words related to allegations of sexual assault, drugging and battery.

Kesha wrote:

“so. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie. I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.”

A recent court case ruled in favour of Sony, meaning Kesha would legally have to make another six records with the Gottwald’s label – partly due to the legality of her recording contract that was “that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry”.

This allegations now fly in the face of that decision, with the idea being that Kesha’s contract is only ‘legally binding’ if it suits the label to continue it.

The idea that Sony would be willing to let the artist go if she publicly rows back on the allegations of rape against her former producer, appears to be another damning indictment of the music industry’s approach to these highly worrying claims.

Dr. Luke continues to publicly deny the allegations made against him, with a series of Tweets expressing his sadness at the situation.

We can’t see this being the end of the story.


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