Kesha’s Dr. Luke Lawsuit Just Hit A Snag
Last we heard about Kesha‘s legal battle with Dr. Luke, we learned that she had added Sony to the lawsuit, alleging that the label knew about the producer’s mistreatment of her, at best turning a blind eye and at worst concealing it. The singer surely wants the case (and Luke’s subsequent defamation suit) to wrap up in a timely manner so she can move on with her life and career, but a judge in California has just halted the proceedings due to a some contractual fine print that has emerged.
Basically, part of Kesha’s case is the claim that Dr. Luke failed to renegotiate her contract with Kemosabe Records. But, according to The Hollywood Reporter, that agreement states any legal disputes over the contract must be handled in New York. Kesha’s lawyers argue that clause should be voided because she didn’t “freely enter into the contracts” in the first place — which is sort of the basis of this whole case — and because the events of the lawsuit weren’t central to New York. But the judge delayed the case, ruling that if it’s going to move forward, it has to happen in New York.
So, it’s a minor defeat for Kesha’s team, who’ll have to regroup and re-enter the suit on the East Coast, where Luke has already filed the defamation case.