Singer Kesha has filed an appeal in a Manhattan court, weeks after being denied by a judge her request for a preliminary injunction, which would have released her from her contract with Luke.
Kesha, 29, continues to seek freedom from Dr. Luke. The singer recently filed an appeal against a New York judge’s decision which forced her to keep working with Sony and the producer whom she accuses of raping her.
In the appeal, Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos compared the situation to “slavery.”
“The Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from [Dr. Luke],” he stated.
“Although it recognised that ‘slavery was done away with a long time ago’ and that ‘[y]ou can’t force someone to work… in a situation in which they don’t want to work,’ the Court’s ruling requiring Kesha to work for [Dr. Luke]’s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that.
As the Court itself recognized, ‘[I]t’s slavery. You can’t do that.’ ”
Kesha sued Luke in 2014, claiming he drugged and sexually abused her when they were working together.
The allegations have all been denied by Luke and his team, who pointed out that Kesha herself once said under oath that he “never made sexual advances” toward her.
After Kesha filed her appeal, Luke’s lawyer Christine Lepera issued a statement in which she said, “The Court repeatedly stated Kesha was already free to record without Dr Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims. That’s because all the evidence – including Kesha’s own sworn testimony – show her allegations are false.”
“Her attorneys can continue manufacturing even more false and outrageous claims, but the fact remains that her time would be better spent in a studio than wasting time having her lawyer and mother spin lies in the media,” she added.