Sony Says They Can't Do Anything To Help Kesha
"Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party."
The Kafkaesque legal proceedings of Kesha's battle against her allegedly abusive producer Dr. Luke just got even more confusing with a recently released statement from Sony, which basically implies that the company who manages both artists is essentially unable to do anything in favor of either party.
Sony just yesterday clarified their inability to release Kesha from her contract to the New York Times:
"Scott A. Edelman, an attorney representing the company, said, 'Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha.'
'...Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party,' Mr. Edelman said."
Jezebel writer Madeline Davies sums up the statement without mincing words: "Kesha is bound to Kemosabe [a subsidiary of Sony] because Dr. Luke—who says he’s invested $60 million in her career—wants her bound to Kemosabe. If you choose to believe Kesha’s claim (found in the lawsuit she filed to void her contract) that Dr. Luke sought to 'maintain complete control over her life and career,' this move doesn’t seem all that surprising."
Kesha is trying to remain in good spirits nonetheless.
Despite Kesha's optimism on twitter, this whole thing is a mess and it is very difficult to have any hope for humanity.