Sony Reportedly Cuts Ties With Dr Luke Following Kesha Battle

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In March 2016, there were rumors that Sony was dropping Luke.

Members of the #FreeKesha movement quickly took to Twitter to celebrate what some saw as a victory for the long-tortured artist.

Neither Sony nor Luke have commented publicly on reports of a split.

Further, Gottwald's defamation charges against the star are still pending, and the contract break could serve as further proof of how his career has suffered as a result of her rape allegations. The 30-year-old who is still under contract with Dr. Luke had initially tried to escape the deal.

In response to Kesha's claims (and her legal attempts to extract herself from her contract with Dr. Luke), the producer filed his own defamation suit against her, saying that her suit amounted to extortion.

The partnership between Dr Luke and Sony Music is coming to an end - however the producer reportedly still has ties to the major record label in some capacity.

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For months, rumors have circulated that Sony might drop the controversial hitmaker, whose credits include chart-topping singles like Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball".

Court documents also indicate that "Kemosabe Records is wholly-owned by Sony Music Entertainment".

Since the public battle with Kesha, Luke's credit has been seen on few artists' songs, though it is believed that he, along with his Prescription Songs team of several dozen producers and writers, have continued to work regularly. Lady Gaga has also publicly supported Kesha in her quest. In her lawsuit, Sebert said that knowledge of what she believed had occurred to her daughter led to emotional distress and medical issues. The lawsuit stemmed from allegations that Gottwald sexually assaulted and raped the pop singer.

The producer and the pop star have been duking it out in court since 2014.

But according to Variety and other publications, existing and underway projects in which Dr. Luke is involved for Sony are still moving forward. The two have fighting a legal battle in NY court since 2014, notes Pitchfork. Legal expert Troy Slaten told E! Jezebel recapped the ruling, where the judge dismissed one of Kesha's countersuit. "Finally, with respect to the Prescription Agreement, signed in November 2008, Gottwald's allegedly abusive behavior was foreseeable", the judge wrote". "Lukasz Gottwald is no longer the CEO. and does not have authority to act on its behalf".

In June 2015, a judge put Kesha's California case on hold after ruling that the NY case took precedent. In September of past year, he sued Kesha's mother, Rosemary Patricia Sebert, for defamation. Dr. Luke will have more hits.