NY Judge Rejects Kesha's Amended Lawsuit

Justice Shirley Kornreich rejected Kesha's motion to amend her counter-claims against music producer Dr. Luke

Justice Shirley Kornreich rejected Kesha's motion to amend her counter-claims against music producer Dr. Luke

The singer had sought to amend her original complaint asking the court for relief from the producer she claimed was trying to destroy her financially and who was waging "a vendetta" against her.

This is just the latest in the prolonged legal battle between the former collaborators.

In Tuesday's ruling, the judge said Kesha could not claim Dr. Luke had breached their agreement since she had also failed to live up to her obligations under the contract. The publication notes this is the same judge who denied Kesha's injunction past year, and who now says that Kesha's the one who's "failed to fulfill her obligations" to Sony.

Kesha's case against Dr. Luke, AKA Lukasz Gottwald, has been dealt one of the most savage legal blows since it began, certainly since she was denied an injunction past year.

Kesha previously tried to get out of her contract by describing her alleged rape as a hate crime on the part of Dr. Luke - but that was rebuffed. But, because the case is being tried in NY and not in California, the judge shot that down, too. The judge said that if either side had wanted the contracts to defer to Californian employment law, this should have been stated explicitly when the contracts were written. The same opportunity - to be liberated from the physical, emotional, and financial bondage of a destructive relationship - should be available to a recording artist, " Kesha said in her proposed countersuit in January, according to court documents obtained by E! Judge Kornreich ended up siding with Luke on these claims. Thus, their choice of law should be enforced. Kesha's legal troubles are far from over after a U.S. judge ruled against the singer's request to amend her counterclaim lawsuit against Dr Luke yesterday, E!

'Kesha asks for something far more basic: the freedom to make music without being bound indefinitely to the very producer who subjected her to years of abuse and continues that abuse to this day, ' her lawyers wrote, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"To protect young, newly discovered recording artists from this precise manner of exploitation in quasi-lifetime un-severable professional relationships, California labor law requires all music contracts to end within seven years of execution", Kesha's party argued.

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