Court Rules Against Kesha—’Every Rape Is Not Gender Motivated Hate Crime’

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Kesha suffered a huge blow yesterday in her lengthy legal battle with Sony and producer Dr Luke.

In the latest round of the legal action that was launched back in 2014, a judge in New York ruled against Kesha’s claims against Dr Luke (real name Lukasz Gottwald) and her assertion that Sony has tried to force her to continue to work for companies controlled by Dr Luke.

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Kesha is suing Gottwald in two states alleging that Gottwald sexually and emotionally abused her as well as claiming that he drugged and raped her. Gottwald has always denied the charges and launched his own action against Kesha for alleged breach of contract and defamation.

Following up on her decision to throw out Kesha’s request for an injunction that would allow her to break her contracts back in February, the judge stuck to her guns and sided with Gottwald and Sony, throwing out the appeal against that ruling.

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Justice Shirley Kornreich dismissed most of Kesha’s claims, including her assertion that Dr Luke had violated the New York “hate crime” laws.  She said that the statute of limitations had expired on many of Kesha’s claims and criticized the singer for not meeting the legal standard in her allegations of severe emotional abuse or hate crimes. Kornreich wrote;

“Her claims of insults about her value as an artist, her looks, and her weight are insufficient to constitute ‘extreme, outrageous conduct intolerable in civil society’ [which is the legal standard of emotional abuse].

…There are no facts to support Gottwald’s animus toward women.  Gottwald is alleged to have made offensive remarks about Kesha’s weight, appearance, and talent, not about women in general.

Every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime.”

Also rejected was Kesha’s claim that her contract was similar to “slavery”, because Sony had offered to let her record with other producers (but still under Dr Luke’s label) and she had declined. The judge felt that because of this offer, Kesha couldn’t argue that her deal amounted to “slavery”.

As Popdust previously reported, Kesha posted on Instagram on Sunday claiming that Sony had offered her freedom if she would withdraw her claims against Dr Luke and apologize publicly—something she declined to do.

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There have been no comments on this latest set back from Kesha as of yet.

Keep coming back to Popdust for updates.

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