Kesha’s Impossible Choice: Work With Her Alleged Abuser Or Destroy Her Career

Image by Becky Sullivan via flickr, available under a Creative Commons license.
Image by Becky Sullivan via flickr, available under a Creative Commons license.

Pop singing sensation Kesha has decided to move forward with her lawsuit against both producer Dr. Luke, who alleged sexually abused Kesha, and her label Sony Records.

Dr. Luke has said Kesha’s allegations against him are an effort to extort him and get out of her contract.

Back in September, Kesha filed a lawsuit for a New York court ordered injunction as she insisted that her career was in jeopardy by not being able to record an album without Dr. Luke. Kesha has also submitted an affidavit from former Universal Music Group Distribution Jim Urie stating:

“No mainstream distribution company will invest the money necessary to distribute songs for an artist who has fallen from the public eye, as is happening to Kesha at this very moment. Accordingly, if Kesha cannot immediately resume recording and having her music promoted, marketed, and distributed by a major label, her career is effectively over.”

This fear has lead companies not to invest in Kesha because they could face tortious interference charges by negotiating with Kesha as she is still under contract, leaving the singer at an impasse.

On Friday Kesha filed papers stating that she had asked Sony for an accommodation that would allow her to still record an album with Sony, but without Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Records. But because of an exclusivity clause Kesha is forced to work with Dr. Luke’s label.

Kesha attorney also wrote that she now faces an abysmal decision:

“work with her alleged abuser…or idly and passively wait as her career tick-tocks away”

Back in October of 2014, Kesha filed suit against Dr. Luke, accusing him of drugging and raping her, and exerting control over her life.

This control began when she was 18 years old and living in Nashville, TN, where Dr. Luke had allegedly convinced Kesha to drop out of her high school to pursue music career. Kesha later accused him of making her do illegal drugs and described an instance where she had taken the pills and woke up the following morning sick and naked in Dr. Luke’s bed.

In addition, according to Kesha, Dr. Luke had threatened to destroy her career and her family if she went public with her story. As well as taking away her publishing rights, mocking her appearance, which she contributed to her developing an eating disorder.

According to the lawsuit, in addition to the alleged sexual abuse, Dr. Luke had

“bragg[ed] how he liked to get girls drunk and have sex with them and blackmail[ed] his pregnant wife into getting an abortion by not speaking to her for six months and threaten[ed] to leave.”

In the end, this has led Kesha to make a crucial and career altering decision. She can stay with her alleged abuser in Dr. Luke or wave goodbye and end her career in music.

Tanner Bisbee hails from the great State of Maine. He's a full time college student and serves on the football staff at school. His most notable work to date is his book Modern Day Sports Blog. To read more check out my blog