Dr Luke’s lawyer denies reports that Sony Music will terminate its contract with the music producer amid the legal clash between his client and Kesha.
“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,” Dr Luke’s attorney, Christine Lepera, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times.
The Wrap earlier reported that Sony is expected to split with the producer in response to public pressure as the legal battle over Kesha’s allegations continues.
“There is no contest. 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. The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially from the people in the building,” a source told The Wrap.
The “Tik Tok” singer has accused her longtime partner and producer of sexual, physical and mental abuse. In a lawsuit filed in LA County Superior Court, Kesha claims the years of abuse caused her eating disorder and a stint in rehab that affected her career, LA Times noted.
Dr. Luke has continued to deny Kesha’s claims and called the singer his “little sister.”
I didn’t rape Kesha and I have never had sex with her. Kesha and I were friends for many years and she was like my little sister.
— Dr. Luke Doctor Luke (@TheDoctorLuke) February 22, 2016
Last month, a judge denied Kesha’s request for a preliminary injunction that would allow her to record and release music outside her contract with Dr. Luke.
Female artists such as Adele, Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, JoJo, Lily Allen, Halsey, Sara Bareilles and Lady Gaga expressed their support to Kesha. Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson slammed Dr. Luke and called him a liar.
“He’s a talented dude, but he just lied a lot,” Clarkson said of the producer. “I’ve run into a couple really bad situations. Musically, it’s been really hard for me because he will just lie to people. It’s like ‘What?’ It makes the artist look bad. He’s difficult to work with, kind of demeaning, it’s kind of unfortunate,” the singer added.
Dr. Luke is the man behind two of Clarkson’s mega hit songs – “Since U Been Gone” and “My Life Would Suck Without You.”