Turning Down a Bribe From Sony Could Be the Key to Kesha's "Freedom"

This issue is bigger than her contract. It's about not being bullied into silence."
Publish date:
April 4, 2016
rape, music, assault, Kesha, Dr. Luke

Yesterday, Kesha posted a photo on her Instagram claiming that Sony had offered her "freedom" if she apologized for accusing producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald of rape and emotional abuse.

so. I got offered my freedom IF i were to lie. I would have to APOLOGIZE publicly and say that I never got raped. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS behind closed doors. I will not take back the TRUTH. I would rather let the truth ruin my career than lie for a monster ever again.

This is just one more shitty brick in the shit wall of this shitty saga.

For those following along at home, this comes after the February court ruling that denied Kesha a preliminary injunction in her legal battle against Dr. Luke. Though Sony lawyer Scott Edelman told The New York Times that Kesha would not be required to have any direct contact with Gottwald, she is still under contract for his label:

Sony has made it possible for Kesha to record without any connection, involvement or interaction with Luke whatsoever, but Sony is not in a position to terminate the contractual relationship between Luke and Kesha.

A few hours after Kesha's post went live, a representative for Dr. Luke released the following statement via Rolling Stone:

The Court repeatedly stated Kesha is already free to record without Dr. Luke, and that she had not presented any facts supporting her claims. That's because all the evidence — including Kesha's own videotaped sworn testimony — show her allegations are false. The only thing Kesha is not free to do is to continue to lie about Dr. Luke through publicity stunts and outrageous smears, ignoring the fact that by her own free will she went to work and entered into new contracts with Dr. Luke years after this "incident" supposedly happened. Her goal all along has been solely personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones. We look forward to our day in court holding Kesha accountable for her lies.

If Kesha's post is true (and I think it is), it indicates a few things, the first being that Sony actually is in a position to terminate the contract, but are only willing to do so if Kesha tells the world that she "lied" about her rape and abuse. Also, her refusal to take this horrible deal indicates that she's not simply going through this very public hell to further "personal enrichment by seeking to break contracts that brought her success and millions so she can enter into more lucrative ones."

As she stated back in February, this issue is bigger than her contract. It's about believing women and not being bullied into silence:

All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.

But at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me.

I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power.

I believed Kesha back in February. I believe her now. Hopefully, this offer from Sony means that they're starting to panic because Kesha definitely isn't backing down.