Sony is reportedly NOT dropping Dr Luke Over #FreeKesha Backlash
Despite the backlash from Sony Music they are not cutting ties with producer Dr. Luke amid the backlash from supporters of Kesha.
Though reported by the LAist:
Unnamed “knowledgeable” sources told TheWrap that the nasty court battle between Kesha and her producer and alleged abuser Dr. Luke (real name: Lukasz Gottwald) have become such a PR disaster for the company that they are looking to end their deal early. In February, a judge ruled against Kesha, denying her request to release her from her contract with Gottwald’s Kemosabe Records, which is a subsidiary of Sony Music. The public outcry became the #FreeKesha movement, with famous supporters including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and Adele.
“Kesha has no case in regards to her contract but they can’t afford the Adeles of the world out in the streets calling the label unsupportive,” a source told TheWrap. “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.”
Gottwald’s deal with Sony ends in 2017, and a termination of the contract would likely have to be mutually negotiated between both sides. “No court has convicted this person, so there may not be any legal basis to terminate an agreement,” another source told TheWrap.
Later, Dr Luke’s attorney responded:
Update 3:30 p.m.: Not so fast, Dr. Luke’s attorney says in a statement: “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.”