A Manhattan judge has ruled that Dr. Luke’s New York lawsuit against Kesha will not be dismissed, and if she wanted to fight her former music producer, the ‘TiK ToK’ singer needs to come to New Yok.
Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich, who previously ruled that Kesha’s California lawsuit should move ahead Dr. Luke’s New York lawsuit, said earlier today that she would not dismiss Dr. Luke’s lawsuit.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara Scheper put Kesha’s case proceeding on hold because Kesha’s contract with Dr. Luke requires her to settle their differences in New York courts unless she can prove they should not.
Barbara wrote on Friday, “Although plaintiff does not allege any cause of action for breach of contract she certainly does implicate the contracts and indeed asks the court to void them,” adding that Kesha’s claims for sexual harassment and gender violence were predicated in her relationship with Dr. Luke.
Kesha’s lawyers attempted to avoid the outcome by arguing that her publishing and recording contracts with Dr. Luke should be voided because she didn’t freely enter into them, but Barbara found the 28-year-old songstress had provided “no evidence to support her assertion that the agreements were not entered into freely or voluntarily as a result of arm’s length negotiations.”
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