Kesha lost her court battle against Dr. Luke once more after a New York judge junked the singer’s appeal.
In her ruling, Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich stated that Kesha’s claims against Dr. Luke cannot go forward because the alleged incidents happened outside New York and beyond the legal time limit, USA Today reported.
The court also rejected the “Tik Tok” singer’s claim that the producer’s alleged sexual assault should be considered a “hate crime” under New York law, Entertainment Weekly noted. The court stressed that “every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”
The Daily Beast cited the court saying: “Although Dr. Luke’s alleged actions were directed to Kesha, who is female, her claims do not allege that [Luke] harbored animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha.”
Despite the denial of Kesha’s claims, Judge Kornreich also said the singer’s lawsuit can proceed on some contract issues, Washington Post noted.
The court Wednesday’s ruling followed earlier reports that Sony has offered to break Kesha’s contract with Dr. Luke’s Sony imprint, Kemosabe, if the singer will only drop her rape accusations against the producer. According to the judge, the “Die Young” singer acted unreasonably when she did not accept the offer.
In February, Kesha’s petition to be free of her contract with Dr. Luke was denied by the court. Her lawyer then filed an appeal.
Meanwhile, Dr. Luke,whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has yet to issue a comment on the latest court denial of the singer’s petition.
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
Kesha’s allegation against Dr. Luke has sparked protests from her fans and support from female celebrities including Taylor Swift, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato and more. Swift also donated $250,000 to the “Timber” singer. Lovato earlier threw shade at Swift for not expressing support for her fellow singer.