Tick-tock on the Clock

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“Tonight, I’m-a fight, ’til we see the sunlight, tick-tock on the clock,” I grew up singing and dancing in the car to this song. It is one of pop star sensation Kesha’s greatest hits of all time. While her music helped me, she now is in need of help.

In 2014, Kesha sued Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald, her music producer for sexual assault. Kesha claims that he emotionally and physically abused her. She recalls one night where he “forced” her to drink with him and then he instructed that she take “sober pills” to sober her up. The pills had the opposite effect. After taking the pills, she woke up naked in Gottwald’s bed with no memory of how she got there.

Gottwald denies the assault allegations and has filed a defamation lawsuit against Kesha, which is pending.

Seeking to break the contract injunction, New York State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich rejected to release Kesha from her recording contract with the record label and Gottwald.

“As much as this case has some notoriety—and certainly, some scandalous allegations, as this judge said in her opinion—it is a case seeking to not have enforced compliance with a commercial contract.”

While Sony Music and Kemosabe offered to have Kesha work with a different producer, it was denied according to Kesha’a attorney, Mark Geragos. According to Geragos, it was an “illusory promise,” adding, “when he says, ‘I’m going to have no involvement,’ all of the people who would do the things that are essential to putting out a record, all of those people report to Dr. Luke. There is no way that they are going to promote her, that they are going to do anything else except set her up for failure.” He has a point.

While I understand how this is a legal nightmare and it is not easy for Sony Music to cancel Kesha’s contract, it comes down to a basic human right. You can potentially be putting Kesha in danger by having her continue working at Sony.

“Her only condition is that she be allowed to record with a record label that is not affiliated with someone who has emotionally and sexually abused her.”

 

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