Kesha's Legal Team Calls Her Relationship with Dr. Luke "Slavery"

Singer continues to appeal for her release from recording contract.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Kesha is continuing the fight to be released from her record contract with producer Dr. Luke. According to People, the singer has filed an appeal in New York Supreme Court that would let her to record music outside of the producer, whom she has alleged physically and mentally abused her.

The court initially ruled against Kesha, a decision her lawyer compares to "slavery." "The court based its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from [Dr. Luke]. Although it recognized that 'slavery was done away with a long time ago' and that '[y]ou can't can't force someone to work ... in a situation in which they don't want to work,' the Court's ruling requiring Kesha to work for [Luke]'s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that," Kesha's lawyer, Mark Geragos, said in the statement.

Luke's lawyer responded to the appeal by underscoring that Kesha can already record without the producer. "The Court repeatedly stated Kesha was already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims. That's because all the evidence – including Kesha’s own sworn testimony – show her allegations are false. Her attorneys can continue manufacturing even more false and outrageous claims, but the fact remains that her time would be better spent in a studio than wasting time having her lawyer and mother spin lies in the media."

Kesha is signed to Luke's Kemosabe Records--an imprint of Sony--so many believe that he will be involved in the recording and promotion of her music, whether or not he's physically working with her.

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