According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kesha submitted papers to court this week suggesting that she asked Sony to allow her to record an album for the label separate from Dr. Luke.
But her lawyer, Mark Geragos, said her request had been denied: "The letters in response indicated both Sony and Dr. Luke believe the exclusivity clauses remain in effect, they will not agree to refrain from enforcement, and Sony specifically will not work with Kesha unless she agrees to work with Kemosabe and Dr. Luke’s company, KMI."
"Kesha now faces an abysmal decision," Geragos noted. "Work with her alleged abuser...or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away. She is precluded from working in perpetuity because the term of her contract can only be satisfied if she records three more albums. Kesha needs the Court’s assistance."
Apparently, neither Sony nor Dr. Luke showed any interest in changing their positions. Earlier this year, Luke’s spokesperson said, "If Kesha now regrets her career being mired in legal proceedings, it’s entirely her making. It was Kesha who chose to file a lawsuit falsely alleging abuse to gain advantage in contract negotiations, and now she must accept the consequences of her improper actions." Sony—also facing a suit from the singer—echoed Luke’s language, suggesting Kesha was engaged in a "transparent and misguided attempt to renegotiate her contracts."
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