With the Lukasz Gottwald, better known as his producer pseudonym Dr. Luke, was going to be dropped by Sony Music a year before the expiration of his contract, according to TheWrap.com.
The web site reported: “Sony Music is expected to end its working relationship with controversial producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald a year ahead of his contract’s expiration, knowledgeable individuals have told TheWrap.
The output deal has become a public relations headache for the company since pop star Kesha’s sexual abuse allegations against Gottwald have resulted in a nasty court battle — and a groundswell of support for the singer from influential fellow artists like Adele, Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson.
A Sony Music spokesperson declined to comment on the matter.”
A legal rep for Dr. Luke has, however, made a comment on the matter, and denied the claims entirely.
“This is not true. Luke has an excellent relationship with Sony. His representatives are in regular contact with executives at the highest levels at Sony and this has never come up,” he said.
Kesha, who is signed to Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records under Sony, filed a lawsuit in 2014 against the producer and the label to leave her contract, following allegations of sexual harassment and bullying. So far the courts have sided with the record label.
It is, however, turning into a PR nightmare for the company, with an online campaign to #FreeKesha – a movement supported by fans and industry peers alike.
With the likes of Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Adele, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Lorde, Iggy Azalea and Halsey supporting the singer by using the hashtag on social media, it’s surely only a matter of time before someone steps up and does something about the case.
We’ll keep you posted.