Cypher Posted June 10, 2015 Share Posted June 10, 2015 It looks like her lawsuit isn't just aimed for Dr. Luke anymore. She's now bringing Sony Records into the mix.An amended complaint asserts that Sony Music has "forced an abusive relationship" between singer and producer.Pop star Kesha Sebert has followed up her bombshell lawsuit against producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald with an amended complaint that adds Sony Music as a defendant for allegedly supporting and ratifying his behavior.In Los Angeles Superior Court, Kesha previously claimed that Luke, 41, drugged and "forced himself" on her, threatened to take away her publishing rights and constantly belittled her appearance, driving her to bulimia.She's now turned her attention to Sony and alleges in new papers obtained by The Hollywood Reporter that record labels are desperate for "pop sensations" amid declining sales and thus have made a "substantial investment" -- $60 million -- in Dr. Luke for his ability to develop "catchy and creative talent."But Kesha, represented by Mark Geragos, asserts there is a cost to doing business with the famous producer.According to her amended complaint, "Dr. Luke's proclivity for abusive conduct was open and obvious to [sony Music Entertainment] Doe executives, who either knew of the conduct and turned a blind eye, failed to investigate Dr. Luke's conduct, failed to take any corrective action, or actively concealed Dr. Luke's abuse."Kesha's reps have claimed that Dr. Luke has abused others and that Sony should be held partly responsible too."SME's conduct placed Jane Doe female artists, including Ms. Sebert, in physical danger by giving Dr. Luke full creative and business control, with nearly limitless financial resources, over young female artists who necessarily were compelled to become dependent upon his good will."The amended complaint further alleges that Kesha complained about the terms of her agreements with Dr. Luke -- that he won't renegotiate "as he promised and according to industry custom" -- and that Sony's has "ratified" this by giving Dr. Luke a record label deal and a "platform to continue his abuse.""Based on SME's conduct, SME has forced an abusive relationship between Dr. Luke and Ms. Sebert to this day," states the amended complaint.The newest legal papers are the latest in a legal blowup that initiated last October.-Kesha's amended complaint serves her goal to have the dispute play out in California because by bringing Sony into the mix, Kesha's attorneys argue those deals are without a New York forum clause. Dr. Luke's attorneys dispute this reading of the contract.But whether or not this dispute is really about money, Sony will now have to face claims that it should be liable for sexual abuse and battery, sexual harassment, gender violence and more. The amended lawsuit also states that Sony is continuing to support Dr. Luke's "conduct designed to destroy Ms. Sebert's career in retaliation for Ms. Sebert bravely bringing forward her claims of abuse."Source Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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