Christine Lepera, the attorney defending producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, released a statement Monday, February 22 in response to the powerful #FreeKesha movement that's been trending across the Internet since Friday, when New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said that Kesha must uphold her recording contract with Dr. Luke and Sony Music. This ruling means Kesha will likely have to complete six more albums with her alleged abuser and rapist.
"The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already 'free' to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t 'free' is a myth," Lepera wrote. The statement goes on to defend Dr. Luke against Kesha's allegations and says the Warrior singer was unable to provide sufficient evidence for her case.
Numerous celebrities, including Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande, have voiced their support for Kesha. On Sunday night, Taylor Swift gave her a whopping $250,000 for this "trying time." This donation could help Kesha pay for legal fees and possibly give her the financial means to continue her badass career outside of her contract with Sony and Dr. Luke.
Here is the complete statement from Lepera:
The New York County Supreme Court on Friday found that Kesha is already "free" to record and release music without working with Dr. Luke as a producer if she doesn’t want to. Any claim that she isn’t "free" is a myth. The sound decision Friday by the Court in denying Kesha's motion for an injunction made it clear Kesha's allegations of purported abuse were unconvincing and that she had no basis to void record contracts and copyrights. Dr. Luke and his companies invested in Kesha's success through their contributions, Sony Music has already spent over $11 million promoting Kesha, and Sony Music and its label Kemosabe Records are committed to continuing to promote her work.
More significantly, the Court also noted multiple times that her vague abuse allegations were devoid of factual detail, and that there was no evidence, whether from doctors or anyone else, to support them.
Tellingly, Kesha never reported any purported abuse or rape to any law enforcement authority, or even to Sony Music, and further swore under oath in another matter, while accompanied by her team of lawyers, that it never occurred. The goal of Kesha's counsel throughout has been to obtain a more lucrative contract through a shameless campaign of outrageous claims they will never stand behind in a court of law.
As Dr. Luke has said repeatedly, the allegations against him are outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation and money. Kesha and her counsel have cavalierly subjected Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims. Kesha to date has never verified the allegations in this case -even when given the opportunity in her affidavit. Nor has she ever offered a credible explanation as to why she would have signed a second recording agreement, recorded two albums and an EP and signed a publishing deal with Dr. Luke after allegedly being sexually abused. It will further be shown that the incidents alleged never happened.