Kesha went to court today in the latest chapter of her ongoing legal struggle with Sony Music, and the judge has sided with Sony.
New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich has denied Kesha’s bid for an injunction that would free her from her recording contract with producer Dr. Luke, whom Kesha alleges drugged and sexually assaulted her in addition to abusing her verbally and emotionally for years.
"You're asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry,” the judge told Kesha’s lawyer Mark Geragos.
The judge said that Sony had given Kesha the opportunity to record without Dr. Luke, but Kesha’s team alleged that Sony would not promote her music to the degree she would need to support her career. Her lawyer called the deal an “elusive promise” and noted that “they’re setting her up to fail."
Sony argued that Dr. Luke had already invested $60 million in Kesha’s career. "My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing,” said the judge. "There has been no showing of irreparable harm. She’s being given opportunity to record."
Kesha could be seen with her mother at the back of the courtroom, crying. Outside the courthouse, fans gathered to protest in support of the singer.