Will Kesha's Rape Accusation Against Her Producer End Her Career?
This is seriously messed up.
The "Tik Tok" singer-songwriter has fallen on very difficult times. In October of last year, Kesha filed a lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald), accusing him of drugging and raping her, as well as attempting to "exert suffocating control" over her career and life. Kesha and Dr. Luke have had a professional relationship for over a decade.
By filing that lawsuit, Kesha and her team hoped to void her prior recording agreements with Dr. Luke and to allow her to freely pursue opportunities with other labels. Dr. Luke responded by filing his own lawsuit, claiming defamation and extortion.
The case saw a move forward last week when Kesha pushed for a preliminary injunction. According to Mark Geragos, Kesha's lawyer: "Until this Court rules on the declaratory judgment claim, Kesha is at an impasse. She cannot work with music producers, publishers, or record labels to release new music. With no new music to perform, Kesha cannot tour. Off the radio and stage and out of the spotlight, Kesha cannot sell merchandise, receive sponsorships, or get media attention. Her brand value has fallen, and unless the Court issues this injunction, Kesha will suffer irreparable harm, plummeting her career past the point of no return."
Yikes. If Kesha's allegations are true, then by trying to bring her rapist to justice, she may literally be sacrificing her career in the meantime. That's not even taking into account the fact that, even if she's vindicated in court, there is still a pretty good chance that she'll be blacklisted by other producers. It's a bold move on Kesha's part, for sure, when you consider the ramifications. And people wonder why victims of abuse so rarely come forward...