Did the 'Free Kesha' Movement Just Push Sony to Drop Dr. Luke?
One day after International Women’s Day proved that girls run the world, Kesha may finally get the justice she deserves. It’s been a few weeks since the singer was denied the right to leave her contract with Dr. Luke, the record producer and manager she’s accused of sexually and emotionally abusing her for years. Photos of a distraught Kesha crying in the courtroom grabbed the attention of millions of people around the world, igniting a #FreeKesha movement that has changed everything for the embattled singer.
In the weeks following the court decision, everyone from Lena Dunham and Adele to Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift have thrown their support behind her. A petition with over 411K signatures was delivered to Sony’s New York headquarters, and she even won the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award last week. Now, the tide of support she’s received has finally reached a peek that may bring a happy ending to this tragic story.
Sony Music is in the process of dropping Dr. Luke from the label, accord to reports from TheWrap. Although his contract isn’t set to expire until 2017, growing pressure has created a public relations nightmare for Sony, and they’re looking to pull out of their working relationship a year early. “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building,” one source explained. The numerous legal battles that Dr. Luke, Sony, and Kesha are in with each other seem to be holding up the contract termination process. Because Dr. Luke has not yet been accused of a crime, there’s no legal basis for ending the contract. So if he is being let go from the label, it would have to be caused by a mutual break in contract between him and the heads of Sony Music, CEO Doug Morris, and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton.
There’s been no word yet from Sony about the report. But with musical heavyweights fighting back to defend her, it seems to be only a matter of time before Dr. Luke is out and Kesha can finally head back to the studio without fear.
Stay tuned to Milk for more on this developing story.
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