The New York Supreme Court dealt a serious blow to Kesha's case against Dr. Luke today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judge Kornreich rejected the singer’s claims that Dr. Luke’s allegedly abusive behavior constituted a hate crime, noting in her decision, “every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”
In Justice Shirley Kornreich's view, claims of abuse must be based on incidents of physical violence or property damage. She believes only one of the claims brought by Kesha—a specific allegation that Dr. Luke drugged and raped her—fits these criteria. However, since that alleged event took place before 2008, “the claim is time-barred” by a statute of limitations.
The Judge added that, “insults about [Kesha’s] value as an artist, her looks, and her weight are insufficient to constitute extreme, outrageous conduct intolerable in civilized society.”
Kesha apparently will not have a chance to alter her complaints. Judge Kornreich suggested that courts are unlikely to interfere with contract disputes like this one: “courts generally will not enforce a contract for personal services because slavery has been outlawed since the 19th Century.”
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