Sony Music is looking to release producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald from their label due to the overwhelming amount of backlash from his current court case with pop-singer Ke$ha. Gottwald’s contract with the company is not set to expire until next year.
How, then, will Sony be able to let go of Gottwald without breeching contract? According to Insiders, there would need to be a mutual agreement between Sony and Gottwald in order for there to be no legal implications.
Back in 2014, Ke$ha filed a lawsuit against Gottwald and Sony asking to exit her contract. The lawsuit included allegations of abuse, drugging and sexual assault from Gottwald. However, it was not until this year that the case exploded in the media.
The New York Supreme Court recently sided with Sony ruling that there is not enough substantial evidence to support Ke$ha’s claims.
Several celebrities have since spoken out with their support for Ke$ha. Taylor Swift, Adele, Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson are just a few of the people who have taken the pop-star’s side in the case.
This has been no picnic for Sony. These outspoken individuals have created a so-called public relations nightmare for the company.
An insider familiar with the company’s upper-management told TheWrap, “There is no contest. Ke$ha has no case in regards to her contract, but they can’t afford the Adele’s of the world out in the streets calling the label ‘unsupportive.’ The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.”
Gottwald’s imprint label at the company, Kemosabe Records, does not have a long list of success; Ke$ha is its biggest artist. Another insider told TheWrap that Gottwald was not signed to the label for his ability to bring in a repertoire of popular artists, but for his success as a producer.
In 2005, then-18-year-old Ke$ha first signed with Gottwald and Sony as a songwriter and performer for up to six albums at Gottwald’s discretion. This type of contract is not uncommon in the record business.
Gottwald continues to deny all claims brought about by Ke$ha. Spokespersons for both Sony and Gottwald have not yet commented on this most recent issue.