More than two years after rape allegations from Kesha, the company has finally cut ties with the producer.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer extraordinaire and alleged abuser Dr. Luke is no longer CEO of Kemosabe Records which was established in 2011 by Sony and Luke. Sony not only asserts that Luke no longer has authority to act on its behalf, but has also taken down a page devoted to Dr. Luke from Sony Musics’ website.
Though Dr. Luke is known to have produced a number of hits such as Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl” and Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” the producer came under fire in October 2014 after Kesha made allegations against him. Kesha’s accusations were most notably about rape, but also included claims of Dr. Luke having “suffocating control” over her life, verbal and mental abuse in the forms of insults regarding her physical appearance as well as forced use of drugs and alcohol, and denying her profits from her work which included the multiplatinum single, “Tik Tok.”
This led to the start of a series of lawsuits, including one from Dr. Luke who soon filed a defamation claim against Kesha. However, Kesha garnered a lot of support from social media’s “Free Kesha” campaign, with fans demanding Sony to not force Kesha to work with her alleged abuser.