Did Sony Really End Its Relationship with Dr. Luke to #FreeKesha?

Whatever comes out of this whole mess, I'll be #TeamKesha to the end.
Publish date:
March 10, 2016
abuse, Kesha, Dr. Luke, Sony

Well, that certainly was a roller coasted of emotions. Yesterday, entertainment website The Wrap published an article saying that Sony Music would be dropping Dr. Luke (aka Lukasz Gotrwald) thanks to pressure exerted by the #FreeKesha movement:

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.

There is no contest. Kesha has no case in regards to her contract but they can’t afford the Adeles of the world out in the streets calling the label unsupportive,” one individual familiar with upper management’s thinking told TheWrap. “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.

Obviously, this was fantastic news! Kesha was (potentially) free! I'm not going to lie: I was thrilled that Sony was dissolving their relationship with the man Kesha claimed had drugged and raped her for a decade, because obviously I was. The news seemed almost too good to be true. "We did it!" I thought, "activism works and we can make a difference!" I began writing a celebratory post in my head as I walked to get tacos, and continued writing it as I ate tacos. Twitter blew up with #SonyIsDroppingDrLukeParty, and there was much rejoicing, and it seemed that the world was basically good.

But then, mere hours later, Dr. Luke's legal team issued a statement denying the story.

After this story was published, a legal representative for Gottwald issued this statement: “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.”

Womp, womp.

I mean, I doubt it has "never come up." I'm sure someone at Sony has been like "Can we just get rid of this guy for PR purposes?" But, either way, I'm not surprised that Dr. Luke's people are denying the claim that Sony is cutting ties with him.

This is obviously disappointing. For a brief moment, it seemed like some sort of justice would prevail. True, the severance didn't seem to have anything to do with Sony actually caring for Kesha, but a desire for Sony to distance themselves from a PR nightmare, but it felt like a small win, and I was thrilled to take it.

Obviously we don't know who the sources for The Wrap's original post were, and we probably never will. I don't know what The Wrap would gain in making up a fake story (besides traffic) but I would like to believe that there is some merit to it, and to maintain some sort of hope. Whatever comes out of this whole mess, I'll be #TeamKeisha to the end.