By now, if you follow gossip of the entertainment world (and heck, I live on Dlisted.com), you’ve heard about the allegations made by popstar Ke$ha (aka Kesha Rose Sebert) against her producer and renowned hits-maker, Dr. Luke (aka Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald).
Kesha alleges that, throughout the years she worked with Dr. Luke (years that made her a world famous star and multi-millionaire) she was subject to abuse by Dr. Luke, both verbal and physical: most notably, that Dr. Luke drugged and raped her.
Kesha claims that, because of this abuse, she cannot bring herself to work with Dr. Luke any longer and thus is asking Sony to let her out of her contract (the label where Dr. Luke produces). Sony, for its part, did the reasonable thing — it offered to have Kesha work with any other of its producers, and thus no contact with Dr. Luke would be necessary. Kesha claims this wouldn’t work, however, as Sony has so much invested in Dr. Luke that it wouldn’t really promote her work if she recorded under the guidance of another producer (hmm, but they’re not invested in Kesha? or in their own other producers? ok).
Countless celebrities have used this as a virtue-signaling moment, eager to earn their bonafide SJW (social justice warrior) stripes, including Lady Gaga, who tweeted a message of support basically implying Dr. Luke is a rapist, and Taylor Swift, who donated $250,000 to Kesha (an utterly self-serving publicity gesture, as Kesha has millions of dollars to her name).
Now, let’s look at the facts here. This “rape” is a matter of ‘he-said/she said’ — so why is the nation, including celebrities with influence, taking it as a given that Kesha was, in fact, raped? “Why would she lie about it,” you ask? Well, gee – perhaps to get out of a contract. It seems that, amongst all the small minds ready to brand a man a heinous rapist, no one has stopped to consider there is a financial motivation here. (Kesha is no fool when it comes to contracts and the industry — she was raised in the industry and her mother is a successful songwriter, as was Kesha herself prior to becoming a singer in her own right). Gee, could it be that Kesha wants out early of her existing Sony contract to be able to enter a NEW contract with another label that would have more favorable terms than the Sony contract she signed years ago? Well, you know how you get out of an iron-clad contract? Claim abuse!
The judge this week was correct in siding against Kesha this first round, noting that there is no clear reason here to rip up a valid contract on the basis of unproven allegations with no corroborating evidence.
Common sense is also on Dr. Luke’s side — if Kesha were truly raped by Dr. Luke, why did she never report this? Why did she continue working with him, closely and on friendly terms, for years subsequent to the alleged sexual abuse? Why does this only now come to light, curiously, when she wants to get out of the Sony contract? Surely there is a possibility her allegations are true and, if so, I sympathize with her — but there is also a possibility they are not.
As Dr. Luke’s lawyer noted last week, following the judge’s findings:
As a lawyer, I agree with the judge and raise my eyebrows over the flimsiness of Kesha’s accusations. As a human being, I am horrified by the eagerness with which the entertainment world is throwing its lot in with Kesha, eager to brand themselves as sensitive feminists, and to cast a likely-innocent man as a monster.
Dr. Luke broke his silence on Twitter today, posting a series of tweets, which you can read here.
Here’s to hoping cooler heads prevail. Remember our “innocent until proven guilty” mantra is not thrown out the door simply because the SJW virtue-signaling mob on Twitter, or a few self-serving PC celebrities, scream otherwise. Kesha has rights — so does Dr. Luke.