A lengthy story published today in Billboard details the evolution of Dr. Luke and Kesha’s association since their first meeting when Kesha was a teenager. It contains many quotes from Kesha's mother Pebe Sebert, who suggests that Luke was "like someone who beats you every day and hangs you from a chain and then comes in and gives you a piece of bread. Luke would say, 'You look nice today,' and send [Kesha] into hysterics of happiness because she was programmed to expect nothing but abuse." "Luke almost destroyed us," Pebe continues. "And he has done it intentionally."
She also commented on Kesha's freedom to operate separately from Luke. "Kesha's allowed to work with another producer. But Luke gets to approve them. He gets to approve of anyone she works with. He has final say over everything… It's his company, he's CEO, and he's not obligated to do what Sony thinks is best." Billboard notes that "if Kesha did record for Sony without Luke's involvement, he would still be entitled to revenue from record sales and publishing."
According to Pebe, "Dr. Luke basically owns Kesha until her death. He doesn't have to give her any money and is under no time constraints. She can't legally put any new music out, or he can and will sue her."
Read the full article here.