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Kesha loses her case against Dr Luke and Sony

Apparently, her alleged abuse did not meet the legal standards of the crime

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 7 Apr 2016

Kesha lost the case
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State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich has thrown out Kesha's lawsuit against Sony and music producer Dr Luke aka Lukasz Gottwald. Apparently, it was because Kesha's alleged accusations of Dr Luke's "sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally" abuse did not meet the legal standards of the crime.

"Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime," wrote Justice Shirley. "Although Gottwald's alleged actions were directed to Kesha who is female, (her claims) do not allege that Gottwald harboured animus toward women or was motivated by gender animus when he allegedly behaved violently toward Kesha."

"Her claims of insults about her value as an artist, her looks and her weight are insufficient to constitute extreme, outrageous conduct intolerable in civilised society," she continued. The case dismissal follows Kesha's post on Instagram that revealed she was offered her freedom if she apologised and admitted that the abuse never happened.


"So. I got offered my freedom IF I were to lie. I would have to APOLOGISE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again," wrote Kesha.

Although Dr Luke has released a statement denying Kesha's allegations, the fact still remains that the singer will have to honour the 6-year contract with Sony and Dr Luke.

Related: Kesha speaks up on behalf of other abuse victims in a statement
Related: Taylor Swift donates $250,000 to aid Kesha's legal battle


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