Pop star Kesha, who has accused producer Dr. Luke of rape, continues to fight to get out of her contract with his companies even after a court ruled against her. Reuters reports that Kesha returned to court to appeal the February decision keeping her bound by the contract.
In court documents filed Saturday, Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, wrote: “Although it (the court) recognized that ‘slavery was done away with a long time ago’ and that ‘(y)ou can’t force someone to work … in a situation in which they don’t want to work,’ the court’s ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald’s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that.”
Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, has denied Kesha’s allegations of rape and emotional abuse, which are contained in a 2014 lawsuit. Dr. Luke has countersued.
The February decision by New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich prompted a campaign on social media under the #FreeKesha hashtag. Meanwhile, top recording artists including Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus have voiced support for Kesha.