Some media outlets have reported that Sony Music will end its relationship with Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, the record producer accused of sexually assaulting the pop singer Kesha.
Kesha is signed to Dr. Luke’s label, Gottwald’s Kemosabe Records, which is part of Sony Music. Recently, the singer went to court seeking an injunction that would allow her to record music with labels other than Sony, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The judge denied Kesha’s request, saying there was not enough evidence to substantiate the singer’s claims of sexual abuse. Kesha broke down crying in the courtroom.
The singer has not released new music since 2012.
Kesha is signed to a five-year contract with Gottwald, which does not end until the beginning of 2017, reports TheWrap. Gottwald has always denied the claims of sexual assault against Kesha.
After outlets, such as TheWrap, released stories about Sony’s intention to dissolve the contract with Gottwald, his team put out several statements.
“This is not true," said one of Gottwald’s legal representatives to TheWrap. "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.”
“Somebody has been convicted via Twitter," said another individual in support of Gottwald. "No court has convicted this person, so there may not be any legal basis to terminate an agreement. It would have to be mutual.”
Sony declined to give a statement.
Kesha’s case has caused a public relations frenzy for Sony Music. The case is also responsible for the #FreeKesha hashtag. Many people within the Twitter community have shown support for the pop singer’s request to record music outside of Sony Music.
The case has garnered the support of prominent singers, such as Adele, Kelly Clarkson and Lady Gaga. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha, to help with financial needs that she may have, reports the Los Angeles Times.
As of now, the contract between Gottwald and Sony Music is still intact and Kesha still has not recorded any new songs.