But Kesha claims he wants to leave her penniless.
It has been almost a year since Kesha was denied an injunction that would speed up her trial against Dr. Luke and their legal battle persists. Kesha alleged that Luke, born Lukasz Gottwald, sexually and mentally abused her and demanded that she be released early from her contract with his Sony imprint Kemosabe.
Earlier this year, a New York judge attempted to finally settle their on-going legal battle in a private meeting instead of a public courtroom, but both parties stood their ground and on January 30 requested amendments to their current counterclaim suits against each other. For Kesha, that means seeking another injunction.
The Hollywood Reporter published pieces of Kesha’s new paperwork that indicates Kesha has been holding up her end of her contract to keep recording for Dr. Luke but that “not one song has been approved, no release date has been set, and there has been no agreement on the critical issue of whether the album will be promoted commensurate with an artist of Kesha’s stature and historical success.”
“It was not until Kesha’s counsel recently threatened further legal action that Dr. Luke released certain funds owed to Kesha in December 2016, two years after they were due,” continues her amended counterclaims collected by THR. “Still, he has not paid her all of the amounts owed. Dr. Luke has similarly worked to deprive Kesha of royalties from ‘Timber,’ the multimillion-unit hit that she recorded and co-wrote with Pitbull. Until the issue was raised with the Court, Kesha had received none of the recording royalties or publishing royalties on ‘Timber’ she was owed.”
Dr. Luke’s attorneys, Christine Lepera and Jeffrey Movit, have filed their own counterclaim which states: “Kesha [has been paid] her royalties for all relevant accounting periods, while Kesha baselessly refuses to pay [Dr. Luke] the much larger sums she owes… “In December 2016 alone, [she] received payments under her contracts with [Dr. Luke] in excess of $650,000. In sharp contrast, Defendant admits that she owes Plaintiff KMI over $1.3 million in ancillary royalties that she has failed to pay.”
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