Kesha supporters gathered outside of Sony’s New York City headquarters to demand that the major label free Kesha from her recording contract or cut ties with Dr. Luke, whom the singer alleges raped and abused her.
“#PeopleOverProfit you can #FreeKesha if you #FreeDrLuke Do what is RIGHT not what is better for business,” she wrote alongside a clip from the protest.
A judge denied Kesha’s injunction bid to record outside of Dr. Luke’s purview under Kemosabe Records, a subsidiary of Sony.
Dr. Luke has stated that he did not rape Kesha and that he has never had sex with her, claiming that the allegation is motivated by money. Sony Music lawyer Scott A. Edelman has said that Sony is “not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha,” as the original contract that Kesha signed in 2005 was between her and Kasz Money, Dr. Luke’s company. “Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party,” he said.
Fans of Kesha protested the situation carrying signs that read “Drop Luke 2 Free Kesha,” “Kesha deserves freedom” and “Sony supports rape.”
“For all these pop stars to speak negatively about a big pop producer … clearly says that something’s really wrong with the guy,” one protestor said to Billboard, who was on the scene. (Video footage from the protest can be seen below.)
“It’s hard to speak out because of how powerful he is and how powerful big companies like Sony are, so it’s really like an intimidation thing,” another protestor said.
“She represents so many women being silenced across the world right now,” he added. “It’s a huge issue, and we want to bring this to Sony’s front step.”
The outpouring of support for Kesha continues.
Posted by Billboard on Saturday, February 27, 2016