Sony Parts Way With Controversial Producer Dr. Luke
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter and this court document, Sony has decided to part ways with one Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald, better known by his stage name, Dr. Luke, removing him from his position at the Sony affiliate record label, Kemosabe Records.
You might be familiar with Dr. Luke as the man who produced hummable tunes throughout the mid-2000s. (see: Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone", Miley Cyrus' "Party In The U.S.A," Katy Perry's "Hot n Cold," and "I Kissed A Girl, and almost all of Avril Lavigne's career.")
You may also know him from working with singer-songwriter Ke$ha on her debut album Animals and then her follow up album, Warrior. Not too long after that though, he became more well known as that guy who allegedly sexually harassed and sexually assaulted Kesha. Following that development, he was known as that guy who had the stones to sue Ke$ha right back for "defamation of character" and "breach of contract".
This was a waiting period that ended with Ke$has's case being thrown out by New York Judge, Shirley Kornreich, who stated, "While Ke$ha's [claim] alleges that she was sexually, physically, and verbally abused by Gottwald for a decade, she describes only two specific instances of physical/sexual abuse."
This may have inadvertently implied that Ke$ha's biggest problem was that she wasn't assaulted recently enough or often enough for it to "count."
Starting today though, Dr. Luke is now being formally referred to by Sony to as "that guy who doesn't work here anymore, so please stop asking us about him." It has to be stated that in the court of law nothing has been proven about Dr. Luke. But one can also cynically note that Sony sure was quick to remove him from their website.
The bad news about this, as far as Ke$ha is concerned, is that unless her appeal goes through, she's still contractually obligated to produce 3 more albums with Dr. Luke; with or without Sony. In other news, the music industry continues to be really, really, really shitty to women.